Texas A&M TE Jalen Wydermyer going pro, skipping Gator Bowl

Texas A&M TE Jalen Wydermyer is one of five starters - in addition to DC Mike Elko -- who won't be around for the Gator Bowl vs. Wake Forest.

Texas A&M star tight end Jalen Wydermyer is turning pro and skipping the Aggies’ bowl game. He announced his plans on social media late this morning.

Wydermyer had 40 receptions for 515 yards and four TDs in 12 games this season. In three seasons with the Aggies, he had 118 career catches for 1,468 yards and 16 TDs.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Wydermyer ranked as the second-best TE in the 2022 NFL Draft in his most recent positional rankings.

Texas A&M (8-4 straight up, 7-5 against the spread) will face Wake Forest at the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville on New Year’s Eve at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. The Aggies are going to be without five starters, including Wydermyer, QB Zach Calzada, RB Isaiah Spiller, DE DeMarvin Leal and safety Leon O’Neal.

Spiller, Wydermyer, Leal and O’Neal have declared early for the 2022 NFL Draft, while Calzada is in the transfer portal. Also, defensive coordinator Mike Elko is gone after taking the Duke head-coaching job left vacant by David Cutcliffe.

With QB Haynes King, who has been out with an injury since Week 2, not expected to be ready for the bowl game, freshman walk-on Blake Bost is expected to get the starting nod.

The Aggies will be looking to avenge a 2017 loss to Wake Forest (55-52) in the Belk Bowl.

As of Monday afternoon (12/20), Texas A&M was listed as a four to five-point favorite at various books. The total was in the 57-58 range, while the Demon Deacons were +170 on the money line.

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