Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Aggies need defense for a South title
By ESPN.com staff
New defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter has everyone in College Station buzzing after his arrival from Air Force. Texas and Oklahoma lost a handful of stars on both sides of the ball, and a solid defense could help land the Aggies in the Big 12 Championship.
Texas A&M gave up over 60 points on two occasions last season, and over 40 points in three other games. No surprise then, that the Aggies were last in the Big 12 in scoring defense by almost five points. Improving on that will help A&M’s talented offense translate into more than six wins in 2010.
DeRuyter’s 3-4 scheme will likely be built around hybrid defensive end/linebacker Von Miller, who returns for his senior season as the nation’s sack leader. As a junior, he logged 17 sacks, and improving on that number will be a difficult task in the fall. But for the spring, Miller and the rest of the defense will focus in fitting into a brand-new scheme with their eyes set on the program’s third appearance in the Big 12 title game.