November 8, 2006

Breaking down the Texas A&M Aggie defense

Who: Texas A&M Aggies
School Location: College Station, Texas
School Colors: Maroon and White

2006 Record: 8-2 overall, 4-2 in Big 12
National Ranking: No. 23/24
Conference: Big 12 (South Division)

Head Coach: Dennis Franchione (Pittsburg State, 1973): In fourth season at Texas A & M (24-20 overall, 0-1 vs. Nebraska)
Defensive Coordinator: Gary Darnell

When: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Where: Kyle Field (82,600)
TV: ABC
Radio: Host Communications
Series Record: Nebraska leads 9-2-0
Base Defensive Formation: Multiple

On The Line: Texas A & M has a mixture of size, strength and experience on its defensive line. Ends Jason Jack (6-4, 271) and Chris Harrington (6-5, 267) have started all 10 games for the Aggies. Jack, who is also capable of moving inside to tackle, is a three-year starter. He's made 18 tackles this season and three behind the line of scrimmage. Harrington is A & M's top pass rusher with 6.5 quarterback sacks and also leads the defensive linemen in tackles with 48. Preseason All-Big 12 tackle Red Bryant (6-5, 324) has recorded 19 tackles (two for losses) and five pass break-ups this season. Bryant blocked an extra point attempt in overtime to give the Aggies a 34-33 win over Oklahoma State last month.

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