Auburn Football: Scouting the Texas A&M Defense and Special Teams

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Nov 1, 2014; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Shaan Washington (33) celebrates a tackle with lineman Jarrett Johnson (40) against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Texas A&M Aggies won 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports


The weakest unit on the defense – and possibly the roster as a whole – is linebacker. The linebackers, along with the defensive line, are a big part of the reason the Aggies have allowed an average of 258 rushing yards in their four games against SEC West opponents, including 285-plus against Arkansas, Mississippi State and Alabama.

However, as Sumlin mentioned in his weekly press conference, the team limited missed assignments and missed tackles last week against UL Monroe. Texas A&M held the Warhawks to 78 rushing yards on 30 carries, which is a 2.6 yards per carry average.

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However, the linebackers have not created a turnover all season for the Aggies, which is a major issue. Senior Donnie Baggs is the starter at strongside linebacker. He has 20 tackles, including four for a loss, and two sacks.

Jordan Mastrogiovanni mans the middle linebacker spot, and is the most talented player in the linebacker corps. Mastrogiovanni has 25 tackles this season, including one for a loss. Josh Walker will pay some as well. He has 15 tackles this season.

Shaan Washington starts on the weak side and has been one of the most productive members of the unit. Washington has 38 tackles, including three for a loss and two sacks. Justin Bass is a backup on the weak side, but leads the linebackers with 50 tackles.

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