During the Kevin Sumlin era in College Station, a lot of Texas A&M’s success depended on whether the Aggies defense could ever consistently keep up with its fast-paced spread offense.
But as Jimbo Fisher enters the fray as the man in charge, he brings with him a different dynamic and style of attack on offense. And one former Texas A&M defender thinks that change will be very beneficial to what is a young Aggies defense.
In an interview with Gabe Bock of TexAgs.com, former Aggies star linebacker Dat Nguyen gave a unique and interesting perspective on how the current Texas A&M defense, specifically the linebackers, will be able to improve as a result of the new offensive system.
“It’s been a really hard position to recruit because of our spread offense,” Nguyen said. “Those guys are used to covering in a 7-on-7 type game. I think having to face Jimbo’s pro-style offense everyday will better prepare them to stop the run and develop as linebackers.”
Nguyen played at Texas A&M from 1995-98 and had an incredible senior season, earning the Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor, winning the Chuck Bednarik and Vince Lombardi Awards, and being selected as a consensus All American.
He pointed out which player he’s excited to see on the field this spring and fall.
“I think the Aggies have a lot of young talent at linbacker right now,” he says. “I really like Tyrel Dodson. A very athletic guy who seems to always be around the football.”
Nguyen will be back in College Station this weekend for the Aggies spring game and will be a coach for the new Legends Game at Kyle Field. He joked he may even go out and play a few snaps as well.
“I had them give me a pair of cleats so I may get on the field for a little bit,” he said. “My main focus will be coaching, but I might surprise you.”
Kickoff for the spring game will be at 5 p.m. ET.