It may be early in the offseason, but Texas A&M’s spring football season is less than a month away, and all eyes will be on how new head coach Mike Elko and his impressive coaching staff will help what should be an elite defensive unit, led incoming senior defensive lineman Shemar Turner, former Purdue Edge Nic Scourton, who led the Big 10 in sacks (10) last season.
Not to ignore the 22 transfers that are due to make an immediate impact, but looking at the current roster members that need to take the next step in their collective development will help dictate what Aggie fans should look forward to during spring football, which is now less than a month away.
While Turner’s return basically solidifies A&M’s defensive line, younger members in trenches, including DJ Hicks and Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, showed flashes during their extended snaps in the Aggies bowl loss to Oklahoma State and are both deemed to play much larger roles in 2024.
Including several players in the secondary and a linebacker competing for a starting job, here are the five Aggies on defense that need to step up during spring football, heading into the 2024 season.
Linebacker — Sophomore Daymion Sanford
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Incoming sophomore linebacker Taurean York needs help next season after the departure of standout LB Edgerrin Cooper, who will likely hear his name called in the first two days of the 2024 NFL Draft.
Even though Elko gained veteran transfer linebacker Alex Howard from the transfer portal, there’s another talented backer who has the chance to earn a starting position this spring, and his name is Daymion Sanford.
Coming in as a 2023 4-star prospect and a noted pass rusher, Sanford possesses the size (6-2 225 pounds), speed, and defensive instincts to increase his snaps heavily next season. In 12 games last season,…
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Publish date : 2024-02-13 11:00:55
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