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

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Sep 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies cornerback Deshazor Everett (29) celebrates with former quarterback Johnny Manziel after a overtime victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium. The Aggies beat the Razorbacks 35-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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Cornerback Deshazor Everett has All-SEC talent, and has been a workhorse in the secondary for the Aggies during his career. He’s got 193 career tackles, including a team high 54 this year, and earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 16-tackle performance against Arkansas earlier this year. No cornerback has ever led the Aggies in tackles for a full season, but Everett is on pace to do it.

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  • That’s not necessarily a good thing for the Texas A&M defense though because the Aggies would rather see linebackers and defensive linemen making tackles closer to (or behind) the line of scrimmage.

    Everett has five pass breakups and one of the team’s three interceptions. True freshman Armani Watts has the other two. However, the senior might not play Saturday against the Auburn football team.

    “Deshazor has a ruptured ligament in his elbow” head coach Kevin Sumlin said this week. “He’s iffy for this weekend. I don’t think he’s going to practice this week. It’s a very, very painful situation. I don’t know where he’s going to be. He’s played enough football where if he can go he’ll go, but he’ll have to brace that to see.”

    Safety Howard Matthews leads all active Texas A&M defenders with 228 career tackles and he ranks second on the team with 52 this season. The senior has 2.5 tackles for a loss and leads the defense with seven pass breakups. De’Vante Harris and Floyd Raven will start at cornerback and free safety, respectively.

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