Texas A&M may be down to just one scholarship running back but Jimbo Fisher loves what he has in freshman Isaiah Spiller
Texas A&M will be the first Southeastern Conference team to play this bowl season as the Aggies are set to take on Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl on Friday. And they will do so with only one scholarship running back.
That’s the latest out of College Station as Jimbo Fisher recently announced Cordarrian Richardson is currently not practicing with the Aggies and will not make the trip for the Texas Bowl.
Following that news, Texas A&M’s only scholarship running back on the roster is freshman Isaiah Spiller. While that is obviously not ideal, Fisher has seen Spiller answer every single challenge thrown the running back’s way this season and is expecting more of the same as the Aggies’ season comes to a close.
“He got thrown in the fire, he had to learn on the run — which is very hard, you know what I’m saying? And produced over 1,000 yards of offense, the catches he’s made and the touchdowns and the runs – just has a chance to be a really, really good player,” Fisher recently said about Spiller. “Has accepted that role and grown very much.”
Spiller may have started the season near the bottom of the depth chart but he finished it with 869 rushing yards and nine scores to go along with 27 catches for 207 yards on his way to becoming a complete back for the Aggies.
“No doubt. He has size, he has speed, he can catch the ball, he really became a good pass blocker. So, he keeps growing,” Fisher added.
Now the freshman will be tasked with a new challenge, being on the field for nearly every offensive snap for the Aggies.