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Texas A&M running back Devon Achane declares for the 2023 NFL Draft

December 6, 2022
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Explosive Texas A&M junior running back Devon Achane, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2022, will not return for the Aggies' 2023 season.

Achane on Tuesday announced via Instagram he was forgoing his senior season to enter the 2023 NFL Draft.

The draft will be held in Kansas City from April 27-29.

The speedy Achane — who qualified for the United States Olympic Trials and earned All-American recognition in the 100m and 200m — leaves A&M with 2,376 career rushing yards, which is 17th on the Aggies’ all-time rushing chart. He rushed for 21 career touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards per carry.

A four-star recruit out of Fort Bend Marshall in 2020, Achane also caught 65 passes for 554 yards and five touchdowns.

A threat on kickoff returns, Achane averaged 30.6 yards per return. He returned kickoffs for touchdowns against Alabama in 2021 and Appalachian State in 2022.

Achane distinguished himself in his freshman year. He rushed for 364 yards on 43 carries and scored four touchdowns.

He was named Most Valuable Player in A&M’s 41-27 Orange Bowl victory over North Carolina. Achane rushed for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns — including one on a 76-yard run, the longest of his career.

As a sophomore in 2021, Achane averaged seven yards per carry and rushed for 910 yards as a backup to Isaiah Spiller. Achane likely would have surpassed 1,000 yards if A&M’s Gator Bowl matchup with Wake Forest hadn’t been canceled.

Achane rushed for 1,102 yards in 2022 despite missing two games with injury. He exceeded 100 rushing yards in each of the final three games in which he played.

In his last game for A&M, he rushed for a career-high 215 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 38-23 victory over LSU.

Achane will likely become the fourth A&M running back selected in the last five drafts.

Last year, Spiller was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Chargers. In 2019, Trayveon Williams was picked in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Bengals, and Cullen Gillaspia  — primarily a special teams player  — was a seventh-round pick by the Houston Texans.

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Texas A&M running back Devon Achane declares for the 2023 NFL Draft

12,181 Views | 18 Replies | Last: 2 mo ago by Mitch0616
CanyonLakeAgbu
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Best of luck!! A true class act. You will be missed.
Aggieair
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Looks like Olin has had this in the queue for 5 days, since that was the date that showed up on the side for me. Not too surprising though. Best of luck to Devon.
WC94
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cupcakesprinkles
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Led us to the LSU victory when he could have sat out after coming back from an injury! You don't see that too often so it shows that his character is as great as his speed.

Hope he has a long and successful career in the NFL.
Mr. Black
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Gig 'em, Devon! Can't wait to see you in the league!
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Devon Achane returned from a foot injury to help lead us to 38-23 win over SEC West champion LSU vhen he could have sat out our season finale. He demonstrated selflessness that you don't see from most players, espcially NFL bound players. I hope he has a long and successful NFL career.
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One of my all time favorites. One never knew when h was going to bust a long one but everyone knew it could happen.
The epitome of what it is to be an Aggie. Achane was extremely talented yet humble, and displayed commitment and heart by playing against LSU.

Whichever team he lands on will be one of favorites.

Gig'em!
Maroon Flash
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We wish you the best and a big time NFL career!
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Matsui
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Wish him
The best. He is an outstanding representation of what our team should be.
taylorswift13
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My favorite Aggie on the field and on the track! Gig'em forever 6!
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Good Luck, Devon!
Aggie Band not the easiest but the Best.
Ag1985
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sharpdressedman
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Best wishes and a huge Thank You!
rangerdanger
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Howdy84Ag
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Tip of the hat Sir! Gigem and Godspeed!!
Bobaloo
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Damn near deserves a statue for his effort against LSU. Put the team on his back.
Frank Grimes
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Best of luck! He put on one of the best performances I have ever seen by an Aggie running back.
Mitch0616
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Thank you Achane
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