Look, re-educate: Players who will miss spring training include wide receivers Caleb Chapman and Hezekiah Jones, defensive backs Brian George, Deuce Harmon, Jaylon Jones, Groves-Killebrew and Will Smoot, defensive linemen Donell Harris Jr., McKinnley Jackson , Adarious Jones and Brownlow-Dindy, and tight end Eli Stowers.
Foster will focus on the track: Bryce Foster, who started every game at center last year as a true freshman, will be limited in the spring as he focuses on the shot put for Aggie’s track team. A&M wants Foster to avoid using his hands on the football field, Fisher said.
Backfield update: Running back Devon Achane, a sprinter on the track team, will regularly participate in spring drills, but he won’t be touched or tackled. Achane is the team’s primary running back, with Isaiah Spiller not returning for his senior year to enter the NFL Draft. Achane had 130 carries for 943 yards and nine touchdowns last season to round out Spiller (179-1,011-6).
Running backs LJ Johnson Jr., Earnest Crownover and Amari Daniels have shown promise in cleanup roles and will be vying for more playing time.
“I can’t wait to see these guys carry the load and develop a role on this team and be a big part of this team,” Fisher said. “You know, running backs, you can’t get enough of them, especially in [the Southeastern Conference] and the way we direct it and catch it too.