Texas A&M Football: 5 players who could have breakout 2018 seasons

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3. Defensive Tackle Justin Madubuike

Madubuike was part of a solid defensive line rotation in 2017, but that group might be better than ever in 2018 with everyone but Zaycoven Henderson returning. The spot next to senior Kingsley Keke is up for grabs, and Madubuike had a dominant spring and Spring Game and probably locked up a starting spot for this season.

He was a four-star recruit from the 2016 class and ranked as the fifth best defensive end and No. 56 overall. There is a ton of talent here. While he was recruited as a defensive end, he grew bigger and stronger in his first couple of years in Aggieland. He has incredible quickness and loves to get after the quarterback.

Consistent play from the middle of the Aggie defense was a major problem under Sumlin. Not even the great John Chavis was enough to fix their problems. Mike Elko worked wonders at his last two stops. He turned around a struggling Notre Dame defense in one year and his Wake Forest defenses always overachieved.

The Aggies are loaded with talent at the defensive tackle position, at least on paper. Elko should be able to get the most out of the group, and Madubuike proved he could be a force this spring.