The Texas A&M football team had one of the best defensive line units in the country in 2020. This is also not an opinion. The numbers will confirm that claim, as the Aggies had the second best race defense in the country in terms of distance.
Beyond that, the same team had a top ten defensive unit overall in terms of total distance.
But strong defense starts with a defensive line that can stop the run and put pressure on the quarterback. In the midst of it all in 2020 was defensive tackle Bobby Brown III, who built a very solid career during his time at College Station.
Over the course of his three-year career, Brown racked up 57 total tackles, including 10.5 for loss and 6 sacks. Those numbers jumped tremendously in his third season, which led to his name being called on draft day.
Brown recently signed his first NFL contract with the Los Angeles Rams after being selected by the team in the 4th round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Texas A&M football team has a gaping hole in defense with the departure of Bobby Brown III
With the departure of Bobby Brown III, that means the Texas A&M defense will frantically try to fill a hole left by a player who has had a solid season in 2020. It won’t be easy and the Aggies might even see a bit of regression. to start the year. Having said that, it seems pretty clear who their man will be.
That player is McKinnley Jackson, an extremely talented defensive tackle who only played one season at College Station.
Jackson will be a sophomore from Lucedale, Mississippi. In high school, he was ranked as a 4-star defensive tackle considered one of the top ten players in his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
In the freshman, he had an extremely impressive year on very limited snaps, racking up 13 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a pair of deflection passes. Jackson might have an even higher cap than his predecessor in Bobby Brown III.
That said, we can’t learn much about him until he takes the field in the fall. So far, it looks like he could be more active in the passing game, as he’s racked up more passing deflections in a single season than Brown has in three years.
That said, things will remain a mystery until he steps onto the pitch.