We all expected that the starting lineups for Texas A&M in the TaxAct Texas Bowl might look a little different, and we are starting to understand just how different. According to 247 Sports’ Carter Karels, the Aggies will have no more than 55 scholarship players available when they take the field against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Texas A&M is expected to have no more than 55 scholarship players available to play vs. Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl. The Aggies also will have only three scholarship receivers dressed out.— Carter Karels (@CarterKarels) December 27, 2023
Here is a closer look at their roster before tomorrow's game. https://t.co/iR9oSMEj94
While that number sounds alarming, it isn’t particularly surprising. The Aggies have 17 players in the transfer portal, and at least four that we know of who have declared for the NFL Draft (WR Ainias Smith, DT McKinnley Jackson, LB Edgerrin Cooper and OG Layden Robinson). Add in injuries, and it isn’t hard to see how that number can get down close to 55.
In particular, WR and CB will likely be areas of concern, with A&M down to only three scholarship WRs (Moose Muhammad, Jahdae Walker and Micah Tease), and without starting CBs Tyreek Chappell and Deuce Harmon after they entered the portal. At WR,
Several unproven players could receive a lot of playing time, including Tease, tight end Theo Melin Öhrström, defensive tackles Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy and DJ Hicks, defensive ends Malick Sylla and Rylan Kennedy, linebacker Martrell Harris Jr. and defensive backs Jayvon Thomas, Bravion Rogers and Dalton Brooks.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of walk-on Andrew Maleski at wide receiver.