We have previewed the Aggies, position by position, going into their Week 1 game this Saturday against Ohio.
So far we have taken a look at the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and offensive line.
Today, we shift our attention to the defensive side of the ball, starting with the defensive line.
This unit has to play better than a season ago, as the Aggies recorded just nine sacks and gave up 207 yards rushing per game.
Those chances decreased in late July, when it was reported that starting senior defensive end Donte Savage and sophomore defensive tackle Augafa Vaaulu were academically ineligible for the upcoming season.
Then starting defensive tackle Tommy Stuart went down the first day of August practices with a torn ACL and will miss the year as well.
Such absences will take an area of weakness and make it even thinner for the Aggies.
Pierre Fils, who had a team-high seven sacks two years ago, will line up at end this year while shifting inside on passing downs.
David Niumatalolo, true freshman Stephen Meredith and junior college transfer Sean Brown will also to see snaps at defensive end.
The defensive tackle position will now see senior David Mahoney, junior college transfers Walton Taumoepeau and Lance Cooley, and senior Dejuan Yates all part of the four-man rotation.