Texas A&M Is Missing Nearly A Quarter Of Its Roster Against Florida Thanks To A Massive Flu Outbreak

Getty Image

The 2022 college football season has been one to forget for Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies entered the season ranked in the top 10 in the country after bringing in an all-time great recruiting class in 2022.

But things have gone downhill in a hurry since the season itself began. Appalachian State came into College Station and gave the Aggies their first loss of the year in a huge upset. From there, the Aggies appeared to bounce back with consecutive ranked wins against Miami and Arkansas.

However, things have only snowballed from that point on. Texas A&M has lost its last four games in a row. Though two of those came via close losses to ranked foes Alabama and Ole Miss.

The Aggies appeared to have figured out their quarterback situation a week ago when freshman Conner Weigman started and impressed against the Rebels. Weigman, a Texas native and member of that vaunted recruiting class, went 28-of-44 for 338 yards and four touchdowns in the 31-28 loss.

But because it’s 2022, and because it’s Jimbo Fisher, things just couldn’t go smoothly for the Aggies. Instead, Weigman is one 19 TAMU players out for Saturday’s game against Florida.

That includes 13 starters and seven of the 11 starters on defense. Many of the players are missing the game due to a flu outbreak that swept through the program earlier in the week. While some others are out due to separate injuries or suspensions..

The missing starters didn’t seem to affect the Aggies in the early going against the Gators. Instead, Devon Achane rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on just two carries during his team’s first drive of the game. Texas A&M currently holds a 7-3 lead over the Gators mid-way through the first quarter.

A loss would put the Aggies in serious jeopardy of missing a bowl game altogether.