Matchups to watch: Texas A&M vs. SMU

September, 14, 2012
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• SMU RB Zach Line vs. Texas A&M LB Jonathan Stewart
Stewart is coming off an impressive game against Florida, recording a game-high 17 tackles, including a half-sack. He'll likely see plenty of the senior Line, who had a productive day against the Aggies when they met at Kyle Field last year (22 carries, 128 yards and a touchdown), a 46-14 Texas A&M victory. Line already has a 100-yard game under his belt this year (135 yards against Baylor) and 16 100-yard games in his career.

• Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore vs. SMU RT Bryan Collins
The 6-foot-4 250-pound Moore was the SEC co-Defensive Lineman of the Week last week with a 10-tackle, three-sack performance against Florida. On Saturday, it will be Collins, a 6-3, 313-pound senior out of Keller, Texas, assigned to slow Moore down. Though a senior, Collins hasn't started more than three games in a season and has nine total career starts coming into Saturday's game.

• SMU WR Jeremy Johnson vs. Texas A&M CB Toney Hurd
Johnson, who plays the 'Y' position for the Mustangs, leads the team in catches (13), yards (122) and yards per game (61). When the Aggies are in a nickel package on defense, Hurd, a junior, will line up as the nickel corner and will likely see a lot of Johnson. Hurd had two tackles in the Aggies' season opener last week.

• Texas A&M RBs Christine Michael, Ben Malena and Trey Williams vs. SMU LB Taylor Reed
The Aggies used all three backs in their season opening loss to Florida and were able to mix up their attack well. The trio started the game well, but didn't finish strong, struggling in the second half. They combined for 74 rushing yards and 55 receiving yards. Reed -- who has nine tackles, including a tackle for loss, this season -- won't be the only one pursuing the three, but he'll likely see plenty of each.

• Texas A&M field goal team vs. SMU DE Margus Hunt
Hunt, who also starts at defensive end for the Mustangs, is best known for his kick-blocking ability. He blocked a pair of PATs against Texas A&M last season and last week blocked a field goal against Stephen F. Austin, the ninth such block of his career, which is an NCAA career record. Total, he has blocked 15 kicks (nine field goals, six PATs), so Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin and special teams coordinator Brian Polian are well aware of the threat Hunt poses.

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Texas A&M/SEC reporter

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