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PFF Game Notes: Texas A&M vs. Auburn

Pro Football Focus broke down the tape on A&M vs. PVAMU and previews the matchup versus Auburn.

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Texas A&M vs. Prairie View A&M Recap

Texas A&M’s top graded offensive players

1. Jermaine Eluemunor, RT (80.7)

2. Connor Lanfear, RG (77.6)

3. Avery Gennesy, LT (78.2)

Texas A&M’s top graded defensive players

1. Shaan Washington, LB (90.1)

2. Justin Evans, S (83.5)

3. Daylon Mack, DT (77.9)

Game Notes

  • The five highest graded players for Texas A&M on Saturday were all members of the offensive line. In addition to Eluemunor, Lanfear and Gennesy, both Keaton Sutherland (75) and Erik McCoy (77) had impressive outings.
  • QB Trevor Knight was accurate on 44.4% of his deep pass attempts (20+ yards), the 5th best rate in the nation this week. Typically, a QB’s numbers improve when aided by the play-action fake, but this was not the case for Knight on Saturday who scored a 124.6 rating with no play action and a meager 54.3 rating with play action.
  • Shaan Washington’s performance against Prairie View A&M was the highest graded game of his career to date. He graded positively in every major defensive category and was the 4th highest graded linebacker in the nation this week. His 3 batted passes were the most of any player at his position in Week 2.
  • Texas A&M’s depth at defensive line was on full display Saturday with seven different defensive linemen earning positive grades. The two top performers against Prairie View A&M were Daylon Mack (77.9) and Reggie Chevis (77.2). Mack earned the nation’s 18th best run stop percentage in Week 2 at his position while Chevis’ 12.5% pass rush productivity rating was the 15th best in the country.

Stats to consider for Texas A&M vs. Auburn

  • This weekend’s Texas A&M vs. Auburn matchup will feature two of the nation’s top edge defenders in Myles Garrett and Carl Lawson. In fact, when looking at pure pass rushing grades, Garrett and Lawson rank first and second in the nation, respectively.
  • For both teams, the offensive line has been a strength through the first two weeks of the season. In terms of pass block efficiency ratings, the A&M offensive line ranks 4th in the SEC at 85.2% while Auburn currently ranks 5th at 84.5%.
  • The A&M defense will face two outstanding running backs this weekend in Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway. Johnson is currently the 2nd highest graded running back in the SEC, grading positively in rushing, receiving and blocking. Pettway is the conference’s 4th mostelusive back, averaging 8.1 yards after contact per attempt through two games. Pettway also possesses the highest Breakaway Percentage in the SEC with 71.1% of his rushing yards coming on runs of 15 yards or more.
  • Trevor Knight and the A&M offense will be facing a highly talented Auburn secondary that has excelled in both coverage and defending the run this season. Auburn has three of the SEC’s 8 best run stopping cornerbacks in Carlton Davis, Johnathan Ford and Javaris Davis. Coverage wise, Joshua Holsey has been one of the best corners in the nation. Through two games, Holsey has allowed just 5 receiving yards into his coverage and opposing quarterbacks have a 0.0 NFL rating when throwing his direction.
  • Auburn QB Sean White has been impressive through two games, currently ranking third in the SEC in overall grade among quarterbacks. He has been accurate on 50% of his pass attempts that travel 20+ yards downfield, the best deep ball accuracy rating in the conference.
  • Through two games, 60% of Trevor Knight’s pass attempts have been within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. This is also the range in which he has earned his highest passing grades, connecting on 63% of those attempts compared to just 35% on throws beyond 10 yards.
  • Free safety Justin Evans has had an outstanding first two weeks, currently holding the top coverage grade in the nation among safeties. He has three pass breakups, two interceptions and has allowed an NFL rating of just 21.8 into his coverage so far this season.