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Aggies Will Have Radically Different Defensive Staff Next Season

Big changes are coming for Texas A&M, and it's not just about new head coach Kevin Sumlin. The defense appears to be going through an extensive makeover, as the Aggies hope to compliment Sumlin's offensive acumen with a strong defensive presence.

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Last time they went looking, the Aggies came up with Tim DeRuyter, who turned things around and made Von Miller the No. 2 pick in the draft. But, now DeRuyter is the head coach at Fresno State and is taking linebackers coach Nick Toth with him, who was a big part of the Aggie defensive success (as it were) the past two seasons. The fact he got any production out of Jonathan Stewart is, frankly, shocking.

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One guy who won't be on Sumlin's staff is former Aggie and Dallas Cowboy star Dat Nguyen. It's a little disappointing that Nguyen, one of the most popular Aggie players in years, won't be around. But, having a clean slate should make the job more interesting for some of the big-name defensive coordinators, like Michigan State's Pat Narduzzi.

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However it shakes out, it appears the Aggies will have some wholesale turnover on defense. Hopefully, they get that fixed before going up against the high-powered offenses in the SEC.

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