1) Jason Jack - Jack is a sophomore defensive end, who will battle Marion Dukes and Barry Richardson Saturday night. It will be difficult to keep Jack away from Charlie Whitehurst. If the Tigers get into too third longs, Richardson or Dukes will be no match for Jack.
2) Jaxson Appel - Appel is an All-American candidate at safety, and he is on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. He ranked as the team’s top tackler for the second straight year with 85 stops in 2004. Appel has good range from the strong safety position, and he is an imposing force on receivers coming across the middle.
3) Lee Foliaki - Foliaki is on the Butkus Award watch list, and he was also named Big 12 Defensive newcomer of the year in 2004. Foliaki is very big talker, but he backs up most of his talk. He will not shy away from an opportunity to tell you that he is very good linebacker.
4) Justin Warren - Warren will be a three year starter for the Aggies, and he is also on the Butkus award watch list. He had 58 tackles in 10 games last season. A big physical linebacker who teams with Foliaki to form an intimidating group of linebackers.
5) Red Bryant - Bryant anchors the middle for the Aggies defensive line. He is an emotional leader on the defense as well. Bryant is a run stopper in the middle that takes on blocks and frees up the Aggies’ linebackers.
1) Jami Hightower - Hightower is a massive tackle at 6-4 355 pounds. Hightower is versatile and athletic. He has practiced some at guard this fall. He will start at tackle and draw the task of controlling Charles Bennett. The Aggies will look to run behind Hightower and guard Aldo De La Garza. The two big 300 pounders considerably outweigh the Tigers defensive line.
2) Courtney Lewis - While Reggie McNeal has stolen the headlines, Courtney Lewis torched Clemson for 167 yards and supposedly was not at 100%. Lewis has everything you want in a running back.
3) Martellus Bennett - Bennett was the star of the Aggies 2005 recruiting class. He was the number one tight end coming out of high school. He is a very athletic prospect at tight end as he was also a top basketball recruit. Bennett is a big addition to the Aggie offensive attack, as he may quickly become McNeal’s favorite target.
4) Earvin Taylor - Taylor is a big and physical target. He is very capable of making defenders miss after the catch. On passing situations, Taylor is the go-to-receiver for McNeal. It will be a good battle to watch, when he goes up against Tye Hill.
5) Kerry Franks - Franks is an Airese Currie type burner. He has been clocked at 4.38 in the forty yard dash. He broke out with five catch 128 yard performance against Wyoming. After the Wyoming game, he was relatively quiet the rest of the season. The Aggies’ coaching staff believes he could be one of the most improved players this season.
NOTE: Yes, Reggie McNeal is a player to watch, but he has received his enough coverage this week. I wanted to highlight some guys, fans may not be as familiar with.