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Ainias Smith injury: Texas A&M star WR out for season as Aggies lose key offensive weapon amid struggles

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Texas A&M star wide receiver Inias Smith will miss the remainder of the 2022 season due to what Aggis coach Jimbo Fisher called a lower body injury on Monday. Smith was injured late in the season during No. 17 Aggie’s dramatic 23–21 victory over No. 20 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.

Smith blocked the game against the Razorbacks in the bottom of the field, but was rolled out before being helped out of bounds. Smith’s father, Maurice Smith, said Eagle that Smith suffered a broken right leg during the performance. Maurice was seen comforting a visibly distraught Inias on the sidelines after his injury.

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“He’s a unique player, a unique opponent, and I love him to death,” Fischer told reporters. “It’s just an unfortunate situation.”

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Smith has been a dynamic weapon for Texas A&M over the past four seasons, playing as both a running back and wide receiver at various points. Fort Bend, Texas alumnus Dulles caught 127 passes for 1,612 yards, rushed for 384 yards, and threw 21 scrimmage touchdowns in his career.

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He has more than a quarter of Texas A&M’s total offense in four games with 302 all-purpose yards. Over half the yards were reached after the catch as Smith tried to make up for the lackluster performance of quarterbacks Haynes King and Max Johnson. Without Smith, Yulkit Brown (57) and Chase Lane (10) are the only players with more than 10 snaps in the slot receiver.

Smith is eligible to spend a year in the redshirt and return for another season in 2023; however, he may also explore his options in the 2023 NFL Draft.

offensive troubles

The loss of Smith was a critical blow to the Texas A&M offense, which could not afford more losses. Aggie ranks last in the SEC in total attacks, passes and points, behind even Vanderbilt and Auburn in these indicators. Texas A&M has a total of 54 points in their last three games; however, 13 players hit either special teams or defense, with another coming after Miami missed a punt on their 28-yard line.

Aggie’s offensive strategy over four games is more like Iowa than Alabama. The defense keeps Texas A&M in games by keeping opponents under 12 points per game. However, trips to Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina over the next three weeks could reveal holes.

Youth movement…or otherwise

Smith, a fourth-year player, led the Aggie with 15 catches. Running back Devon Achane is third on the team with nine catches. Of the remaining 33 catches, 28 belong to players who haven’t had a career catch this year. The lack of development and production in the returnees, including top 200 recruits Musa Mohammed III and Jalen Preston, was one of the biggest failures of the Fisher era. Despite an impressive hiring record, Aggie hasn’t had a single wide receiver since Kevin Sumlin was fired. In Smith’s class of 2019 alone, Texas A&M received Dylan Wright’s #70 and Cam Brown’s #203 as a recipient, but both are now employees of the other Power Five schools of Minnesota and UCLA, respectively.

With Stewart and Chris Marshall, Texas A&M has two of the top three recruits in the nation in the class of 2022. But despite the influx of talent, 2022 features the worst passing offense of the Fisher era. This needs to change quickly to get to the heart of the SEC game.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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