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

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Sep 28, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Texas A&M Aggies kicker Josh Lambo (49) kicks an extra point during the first half as holder Drew Kaser (38) holds during the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams

They’ve struggled on offense in recent weeks and have been bad on defense againt SEC opponents this season, but the Aggies have one of the best special teams units in the Southeastern Conference.

Placekicker Josh Lambo has made seven of his eight field goal attempts and all 43 extra points so far this season. Lambo has made 93 extra points in a row. He was also named to the SEC Community Service Team this week, so he appears to be a good guy as well.

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There aren’t many punters with a Heisman campaign, but Drew Kaser is the expection (#Kaser4Heisman). The 2013 All-American averages 43.8 yards per punt this season, which ranks 24th nationally, but that average jumps to 45.1 yards per punt in SEC games – the third best mark in the league.

Speed Noil is a playmaker in the return game. He has 618 all-purpose yards in the four games following a minor knee surgery, including 100-plus in all four games. Last week against ULM, Noil had 61 yards on four punt returns. Trey Williams contributes some on kick returns and has a 26.3-yard average on 11 returns this season.

As a team, A&M averages 14.9 yards per punt return and 22.4 per kick return, both of which are a four-yard edge over their opponents. More than half of the Aggies’ kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks this season.

Next: Scouting the Texas A&M Offense

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