March 14, 2007

Spring Preview: DBs

Texas A&M improved it's dead last finish in 2005 as the worst pass defense in the nation and finished No. 44 in the country in 2006 by allowing 190.54 passing yards per game. This season the Aggies will look to improve even further with a host of defensive backs returning.

Only Melvin Bullitt will depart this team that has a ton of youth and experience returning. Starting at cornerback A&M has both starters in redshirt freshman Jordan Peterson and sophomore Danny Gorrer back.

Sophomore Arkeith Brown may push Peterson for the starting job at one corner spot. Brown was spectacular in his time on the field early in the season while Peterson was injured. On the other side, junior Marquis Carpenter is a steady back up for Gorrer. Freshman Jordan Pugh has drawn rave reviews and may fight for much more playing time this season.

At free safety the Aggies return sophomore Devin Gregg. Gregg had two interceptions last season and was third on the team in tackles with 64. Gregg could be pushed by junior Johnathan Batson, but Batson may wind up in Bullit's old role as a strong safety.

At strong safety, sophomore Alton Dixon would be the one to beat. He was the back up to Bullitt all season last year, and has drawn rave reviews on the practice field. A battle between Dixon and Batson could occur, and would be the most interesting one possibly in the spring.

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