Nov 25, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) rushes against Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Taurean York (21) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Jayden Daniels fuels No. 14 LSU past Texas A&M

Jayden Daniels threw three of his four touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and No. 14 LSU held off Texas A&M 42-30 on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.

Daniels recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing game, finishing with a game-high 120 yards on 11 carries. However, he was held to 72 passing yards through three quarters before passing for 163 in the fourth quarter for the Tigers (9-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference). He finished with 235 yards, his second-lowest total of the season.

Malik Nabers caught two of Daniels’ touchdown passes, finishing with 122 yards on six catches that made him LSU’s career leader in receptions (184).

Jaylen Henderson passed for 294 yards and two touchdowns for Texas A&M (7-5, 4-4).

The Aggies received the second-half kickoff and drove to the 1, where Mark Nabou Jr. scored to extend their lead to 24-14.

Josh Williams rushed for a 1-yard touchdown on the ensuing possession to trim the lead to 24-21 at the end of the third quarter.

Daniels completed passes on each play of a three-play, 61-yard drive, the last being a 23-yard touchdown by Brian Thomas Jr. to give the Tigers a 28-24 lead.

The lead grew to 35-24 when Daniels threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Nabers with 8:25 left.

Henderson threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Max Wright, but Daniels answered with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kyren Lacy for a 42-30 lead with 4:19 remaining.

Logan Diggs ran 1 yard for a touchdown that gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

On the third play of the second quarter, Le’Veon Moss ran 2 yards for a touchdown that tied the score.

The Aggies’ next possession produced a 48-yard field goal by Randy Bond and a 10-7 lead.

Daniels threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nabers to regain the lead, 14-10.

Henderson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jake Johnson with 14 seconds left to give Texas A&M a 17-14 lead at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Abilene Christian Wildcats head coach Keith Patterson looks on during the first half against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Jaylen Henderson lifts Texas A&M past Abilene Christian

Jaylen Henderson passed for 260 yards and two touchdowns, Rueben Owens ran for 106 yards and another score and Texas A&M’s defense did the rest in a 38-10 win over Abilene Christian on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

The Aggies (7-4) were playing their first game under interim coach Elijah Robinson, who took over for the rest of the season after Jimbo Fisher was fired on Sunday.

Henderson, making his second start in place of the injured Conner Weigman, completed 16 of 23 passes. Moose Muhammad III had 104 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Aggies.

Abilene Christian (5-6), an FCS program, amassed just 242 total yards. Maverick McIvor threw for 149 yards and Jay’Veon Sunday rushed for 87.

The Wildcats stunned A&M early when Cirby Coheley intercepted Henderson’s pass that was tipped and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead at the 13:04 mark of the opening quarter. The Aggies responded by moving 75 yards in six plays to Owens’ 7-yard TD run that tied the game with 10:20 to play in the first.

Texas A&M took the lead via a 34-yard field goal by Randy Bond with 7:59 to play in the second quarter after a six-play, 33-yard drive. The Aggies expanded their advantage to 17-7 with a 13-yard Henderson-to-Noah Thomas scoring pass to cap a 10-play, 75-yard march with 3:26 remaining in the first half.

A&M outgained the Wildcats 213-103 in the first half with the majority built on Henderson’s 134 passing yards.

The Aggies took it right to Abilene Christian on the opening possession of the third quarter, with Henderson passing 49 yards for Muhammad for a score and a 24-7 lead with 12:39 to play in the quarter.

Abilene Christian cut the A&M lead to 27-10 on a 40-yard field goal by Kyle Ramsey in the first minute of the fourth quarter. The Aggies answered with a 3-yard TD run by David Bailey Jr. with 5:25 to play and a 13-yard scoring pass from Marcel Reed to Jaden Platt with 56 seconds remaining.

Texas A&M concludes its regular season on Nov. 25 at No. 15 LSU.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Jaylen Henderson (16) hands off the ball to running back Amari Daniels (4) during the first quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M opens post-Fisher era vs. Abilene Christian

Texas A&M will look to put aside its off-field issues and get back to playing football when it hosts Abilene Christian on Saturday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

This was supposed to be the “easy” week for the Aggies in a break from the Southeastern Conference schedule.

But with the Sunday firing of coach Jimbo Fisher, it’s instead been a week of turbulence for Texas A&M. Associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator Elijah Robinson has taken the reins for the remainder of the season.

“When I talked to the team about the transition, I thought those guys handled it very well,” Robinson said. “Those guys embraced me. I think those guys were not happy about everything that happened. They understood that what happened, happened. They’re ready to move forward as far as seeing what’s next. That’s the mentality to have.”

The Aggies (6-4) enter Saturday’s game after a dominating 51-10 win at home over Mississippi State last Saturday. Fresno State transfer quarterback Jaylen Henderson rushed for two scores and passed for two more in his first start for the Aggies, who surrendered a TD on the game’s opening kickoff and then took charge by scoring the next 20 points.

Starting instead of the injured Max Johnson, Henderson passed for 150 yards and had scoring tosses to Ainias Smith and Jahdae Walker. Amari Daniels also had a TD run and Shemar Stewart ran back a fumble for a score.

Abilene Christian (5-5) heads to the Brazos Valley after a 31-30 loss at home to Tarleton State on Saturday. The Wildcats led 30-14 early in the fourth quarter but allowed three TDs over the final 11 minutes

“I felt confident we would take the ball and drive down and go score,” Abilene Christian coach Keith Patterson said. “I thought, ‘We’ve just got to punt it, pin them deep, and get the ball back.’ We got the punt we wanted, but we just let them expire the clock.”

Maverick McIvor passed for 172 yards and a score in the loss while Jordon Vaughn had 79 yards and two TDs on the ground. The Wildcats were outgained 498-346 in the loss, which was their second in their past three United Athletic Conference games.

–Field Level Media

Texas A&M quarterback Max Johnson (14) looks to pass during a football game between Tennessee and Texas A&M at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023.

Texas A&M looking to bottle up Mississippi State

Two Southeastern Conference teams that desperately need a win will meet Saturday night when Mississippi State visits Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

The Bulldogs (4-5, 1-5) have lost two straight and five of seven as they prepare for the Aggies (5-4, 3-3).

Teams need at least six wins to be bowl-eligible.

Mississippi State’s offensive struggles continued last weekend in a 24-3 loss at Kentucky.

Playing without record-setting quarterback Will Rogers and standout running back Jo’Quavious Marks, coach Zach Arnett’s offense scored in single digits for the second time this season. The first time was when the Bulldogs beat Arkansas 7-3 on Oct. 21 in Fayetteville.

Against the Wildcats, quarterback Mike Wright led a Mississippi State offense that produced just 218 yards of total offense — 145 passing and 73 rushing.

Oddly, the visitors’ lone score — Kyle Ferrie’s 25-yard field goal — culminated a massive 20-play, 88-yard drive that nearly consumed an entire quarter (12:29).

Rogers has been progressing and could be the quarterback for the Bulldogs’ game on Saturday, but Arnett also liked what he saw from backup Chris Parson.

“I think he did a nice job coming in and providing a spark,” Arnett said of Parson, who was 6 of 14 for 67 yards. “He pushed the ball down the field. His stat line, he had a couple drops, or he would be up there close to 100 yards passing.”

Meanwhile, the Aggies suffered more frustration Saturday as Randy Bond’s 47-yard field-goal attempt for the tie was partially blocked at the final whistle at No. 10 Ole Miss, sending the Aggies to a 38-35 setback and their third defeat in four games.

“We had opportunities in all three phases,” said Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher. “We needed (those areas) to make one more play. It could’ve put us over the top.”

Fisher’s team rallied from three two-touchdown deficits behind Max Johnson’s 305 yards of passing, though the Aggies’ defense allowed 518 yards of offense to the Rebels.

A 19-point underdog by Tuesday after opening at 13, the Bulldogs have won the last two meetings overall against the Aggies as well as two of the last three in College Station.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2023; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins (4) runs the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the Texas A&M Aggies at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 Ole Miss survives visit from Texas A&M 38-35

Quinshon Judkins ran for three touchdowns, including a go-ahead score from 1 yard out with 1:40 remaining, and No. 10 Ole Miss fought off Texas A&M 38-35 in an SEC game Saturday afternoon in Oxford, Miss.

Judkins finished with 102 yards rushing, Jaxson Dart passed for 387 yards and two touchdowns and Tre Harris caught 11 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels (8-1, 5-1 SEC), who won their fifth straight.

Max Johnson passed for 305 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score for the Aggies (5-4, 3-3). He drove Texas A&M into position to try a tying field goal on the final play of the fourth quarter, but Deantre Prince deflected Randy Bond’s 47-yard attempt, which fell short.

Johnson leaped over the line of scrimmage for a 1-yard touchdown that gave Texas A&M its only lead, 35-31, with 4:34 left in the game, but Dart drove the Rebels 75 yards in nine plays.

Judkins’ 6-yard touchdown run and Dart’s two-point conversion pass to Harris increased Ole Miss’ lead to 28-14 lead midway through the third quarter.

Johnson threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jake Johnson before Caden Davis kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Rebels a 31-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Amari Daniels ran 1 yard for a touchdown that got the Aggies within three points with 12:04 remaining.

Judkins’ 9-yard touchdown run gave Ole Miss a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Dart’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Harris increased the lead to 14-0.

Ole Miss tried to add to the lead, but Davis’ 41-yard field goal was blocked by Shemar Turner, and Jacoby Mathews returned it 68 yards for a touchdown that pulled the Aggies within 14-7.

Four plays after the ensuing kickoff, Dart and Jordan Watkins combined on a 29-yard touchdown pass that gave the Rebels a 20-7 lead.

Le’Veon Moss’ 13-yard touchdown run got Texas A&M within 20-14 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin watches during a timeout during the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 Ole Miss, facing Texas A&M, looks to improve SEC footing

The Ole Miss Rebels are trying not to get ahead of themselves.

The Rebels (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) debuted at No. 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night. They are in the thick of the race for the SEC West championship and have a game at No. 2 Georgia looming next week.

Yet Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin maintains that his team’s focus is exclusively on its game against Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) on Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

“If they were (looking ahead),” Kiffin said of his players, “they got woken up when we showed them the film.”

Ole Miss has won four straight since a 24-10 loss at Alabama. After an epic 55-49 shootout win against LSU, the Rebels’ defense has had a bigger impact, allowing 20 points (Arkansas), 21 points (Auburn) and seven points (Vanderbilt) in the past three games.

The defense allowed 637 yards to LSU, the fourth time in the first five games that it allowed at least 342 yards. But it has not allowed more than 286 yards in any of the past three games.

“I’m pleased with our defense and how we’re playing,” Kiffin said.

The coach also is happy about the Rebels’ improved balance of the offense. Ole Miss’ running game rushed for fewer than 150 yards in three of the first four games but has surpassed that threshold in each of the past four while averaging 228 rushing yards.

The Rebels rank third in the SEC in total offense, averaging 474 yards per game.

“We’re playing a team that can run the ball with the backs, run with the quarterback and throw the ball down the field with very dynamic playmakers,” Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said.

Kiffin said Texas A&M has “an NFL roster,” adding, “This is a very, very, very elite talented team that very easily could be a top-five team in the country.”

The Aggies have been especially effective on defense, leading the SEC in total defense (269.3 yards per game) and ranking third in scoring defense (19.5 points per game).

“Their defense is playing as well as anyone in the country,” Kiffin said.

The biggest difference between this Texas A&M team and the one last season that finished 5-7 is the defense. Former Louisville and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino is in his first season as offensive coordinator.

The Aggies are averaging 32.0 points per game, 9.2 more than they averaged as the second-lowest-scoring team in the SEC a year ago.

“Bobby does a great job, always has wherever he’s been,” Kiffin said.

Texas A&M ended a two-game losing streak with a 30-17 home victory against South Carolina last week, but it has lost both games that it has played in opponents’ home stadiums this season. The Rebels are 5-0 at home.

“You’ve got to silence the crowd and (handle) the momentum swings,” Fisher said. “You’ve got to be sound in what you do and you’ve got to understand the mentality that you’ve got to take on the road.

“You’ve got to block out the noise, block out the clutter and go play. You’ve got to execute in critical moments.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0) runs for a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Dustin Safranek-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M’s second-quarter surge sinks South Carolina

Texas A&M’s offense produced a three-touchdown stretch in the second quarter, including two inside the final two minutes, that led to a 30-17 victory over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

The Aggies (5-3, 3-2 SEC West) broke a two-game skid by getting rushing touchdowns from Rueben Owens and Amari Daniels and a TD catch by Ainias Smith (six catches, 118 yards). Randy Bond was good on 3 of 4 field goals.

Texas A&M’s Max Johnson went 20-of-30 passing for 249 yards, while the offense managed 354 total yards to South Carolina’s 209.

Texas A&M has won nine of 10 meetings between the schools since 2014.

The Gamecocks (2-6, 1-5 SEC East) got scores from Dakereon Joyner and Joshua Simon but lost for the fourth straight time.

Spencer Rattler completed 20 of 33 passes for 176 yards and was sacked four times.

Late in the first quarter, Joyner — on his second straight play out of the Wildcat formation — danced in from a yard out on fourth down at 2:04 for a 7-0 Gamecocks lead.

The impressive drive went 65 yards on 13 plays, with Rattler connecting twice to Nyck Harbor on a pair of third-and-long plays to keep the series moving.
In the second, Johnson got the Aggies’ offense in gear on a six-play, 55-yard drive. That series ended with Owens cutting back from the right side and dashing 14 yards to even it at 7-7.

Right before halftime, Texas A&M strung together two touchdowns in a span of 52 seconds to create some separation at 21-7.

Daniels was stopped on third-and-goal at the 1 but bounced off a tackle and fell into the end zone for his third score and the Aggies’ first lead.

After the Aggies forced a punt, Johnson found Smith on a long pass that ended with the electrifying receiver cutting back twice on a 42-yard score, his first TD reception.

The Gamecocks’ Mitch Jeter booted a field goal from 49 yards less than five minutes into the third, but Bond matched it from 26 yards out late in the frame.

On the first play of the final quarter, Rattler’s two-yard TD pass to Simon trimmed it to a single score, but Bond nailed a 24-yarder to push the lead to 27-
17 and added a career-long-tying 52-yarder with 7:39 left.

–Field Level Media

Oct 14, 2023; Knoxville, TN, USA; Texas A&M quarterback Max Johnson (14) talks with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher during a football game between Tennessee and Texas A&M at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. Mandatory Credit: Brianna Paciorka-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M faces leaky South Carolina defense

South Carolina and Texas A&M enter Saturday’s Southeastern Conference game in College Station, Texas, looking to halt losing streaks.

The Aggies (4-3, 2-2) opened as a two-touchdown favorite and have won eight of nine meetings between the schools, who have played each other every season since 2014. South Carolina won last year at home, 30-24.

Before last weekend’s bye, Texas A&M lost consecutive one-score road matchups against premier SEC talent: then-No. 11 Alabama 26-20 and former No. 19 Tennessee 20-13.

Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that morale heading into the final five games is strong despite consecutive losses and two weeks to prepare for the Gamecocks (2-5, 1-4).

“You’re always resetting your goals and what they are,” Fisher said. “You break the season down into four-game increments. … You want to run (the rest of the table), but you do it one at a time.

“We can have a very successful season (at 9-3) — not exactly what we wanted, but at the same time we can have a heck of a year.”

Meanwhile, South Carolina has lost three straight games and is ahead of only Vanderbilt in the SEC East.

The problem facing coach Shane Beamer’s team has been defense, which has allowed at least 30 points in each of its last four games, including a 37-30 win over Mississippi State on Sept. 23.

Despite generating 20 first downs in Saturday’s 34-12 loss at then-No. 20 Missouri, the South Carolina offense produced just 286 total yards and a dozen points — on Mitch Jeter’s four field goals.

Also, the Tigers sacked Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler six times.

“We’ve got to do a better job of protecting,” Beamer said. “We tried. We were chipping. We were max-protecting. We were moving the pocket. We were trying to get the ball out of his hands quickly.”

Among receivers, South Carolina’s Antwane “Juice” Wells Jr. (foot injury) has missed a month of play, and Xavier Legette (upper body) has no timetable to return.

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2023; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Squirrel White (10) runs the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M brings dynamic defense to No. 19 Tennessee

As Week 7 arrives for Southeastern Conference teams, Texas A&M and No. 19 Tennessee have reached the must-win portion of their schedules.

Meeting for the first time since 2020 and only the fifth time overall, the Aggies (4-2, 2-1) will visit the Volunteers (4-1, 1-1) on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

Coming off a bye week following a 41-20 home blowout of South Carolina on Sept. 30, Tennessee has little margin for error as Texas A&M makes just its second trip to Rocky Top.

The win over the Gamecocks was tainted by the season-ending loss of reliable receiver Bru McCoy, who made a crucial catch before the last-second, game-winning field goal in last year’s 52-49 win over No. 3 Alabama.

However, Volunteers coach Josh Heupel said defense will be the key against the Aggies.

Tennessee and Texas A&M rank 1-2 in the country in average sacks per game, with the Vols topping the stat with 22 in five outings (4.4 per game) while the Aggies have 26 in six (4.3).

“Guys are playing violent, they’re disruptive, they’re jumping the football and winning one-on-one battles,” Heupel, the third-year Vols coach, said Monday. “We’re going to continue to need that. All offseason a point of emphasis for us was the ability to apply pressure to the quarterback, not just with (blitz) pressure, and our guys have done a good job.”

Texas A&M brings the nation’s 10th-ranked defense to Neyland Stadium, allowing just 268.8 yards per contest.

In its final two September games, the Aggies posted 30 tackles for loss — 15 each against Auburn and Arkansas in season-high-tying performances.

However, Alabama’s Jalen Milroe torched the Aggies for 321 yards and three touchdown passes in the Crimson Tide’s 26-20 win last Saturday at College Station.

Also of note is coach Jimbo Fisher’s dismal record in true road games since his 2018 arrival at Texas A&M: 7-14, with his best away campaign coming in COVID-affected 2020 when the Aggies won four of five.

One of those was a 34-13 triumph in Knoxville in front of just 22,645 fans in the teams’ regular-season finale.

Still, Fisher said he has not changed his approach in hitting the road in the competitive conference.

“What you approach is your maturity and how you practice,” Fisher said Monday. “Mature teams play well on the road. Mature teams that are confident and trust in things and believe in themselves. When you’re on the road in this league, it’s hard. Tennessee is one of those hard places, but hopefully your maturity will help.”

With each team already owning one SEC loss, no wiggle room likely exists for dropping games in the hunt for an SEC division title.

Tennessee still has back-to-back road games starting next week at No. 11 Alabama and No. 24 Kentucky, plus a Nov. 18 home matchup with top-ranked Georgia.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M still has tough road tests at No. 13 Ole Miss and No. 22 LSU on its slate to shape its fate.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe (4) scrambles for yardage against Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Denver Harris (2) during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

No. 11 Alabama eyes revenge for last trip to Texas A&M

Texas A&M pulled off a big upset the last time Alabama came to town.

The Crimson Tide were the top-ranked team in the nation two seasons ago when the Aggies celebrated a 41-38 victory as time expired.

Texas A&M strives for another memorable win Saturday when it faces No. 11 Alabama in Southeastern Conference action in College Station, Texas.

The teams share the lead in SEC West with identical records — 4-1 overall, 2-0 SEC — and own three-game winning streaks.

But the contest is certainly bigger for the unranked Aggies, who are just 3-12 all-time against the Crimson Tide.

“There’s nothing we can do about it, Alabama is Alabama,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said. “They’re a great team. What we have to do is get prepared to play Alabama and whoever you’re playing, because each game is a big game.”

The Crimson Tide are trying to stay in the national championship picture as the early September loss to then-No. 11 Texas has placed them in must-win mode every week.

Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed that he is tired of the scrutiny. He prefers that people just let the situation play itself out, week-by-week.

“Look, we’re trying to improve one game at a time,” Saban said. “I can’t tell you where we’re ranked. I can’t tell you what the standings are. I think everybody kind of realizes the importance of every game that we play.

“So, the whole focus is how can we play better? How can we play good? How can we improve? Not worried about some outcome-orientated thing that might happen two months from now.”

Quarterback Jalen Milroe improved during last Saturday’s 40-17 road victory over Mississippi State. Milroe rushed for two touchdowns and completed 10 of 12 passes for 164 yards.

Milroe’s first career start came last season against the Aggies when Bryce Young was injured. He passed for three touchdowns in a 24-20 home victory.

He’s extra excited about Saturday’s game as a native of Katy, Texas, about 80 miles southeast of College Station.

“I will have a lot of family there,” Milroe said. “It’s going to be a great game, a great atmosphere. We have a challenge this week. Big opponent. They have a great defense, a great offense. So we’re excited.”

In the victory over Mississippi State, Chris Braswell returned an interception for a touchdown and the Alabama defense held Will Rogers to 107 yards passing. One week earlier, Rogers threw for a career-best 487 yards against South Carolina.

Milroe has been sacked four or more times in three of his four starts. That could pose a problem against a Texas A&M defense that has posted seven in each of the past two games and has 20 for the season.

The Aggies are coming off a 34-22 victory over Arkansas at Arlington, Texas. Max Johnson passed for 210 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Texas A&M’s first game since Conner Weigman suffered a season-ending foot injury.

Ainias Smith returned a punt 82 yards for a score for the Aggies. He is averaging 18.1 yards per return.

Smith caught two touchdown passes in the 2021 upset of Alabama.

“Every little thing is going to count, especially this week,” Smith said. “And I mean, it’s not even so much that we’re looking at Bama as, ‘Oh, it’s Bama.’ It’s just another week to us.”

–Field Level Media