Texas A&M football: 6 people to watch against Northwestern State

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6. Brad Laird

Thursday the Aggies take on the Demons of Northwestern State, a D-1 FCS university from historical Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Demons are in a similar situation that the Aggies are in. Like Texas A&M, Northwestern has strung together too many years of underachieving football seasons and are looking to turn the corner.

Brad Laird is the new man in charge as he and Jimbo Fisher look to get their first win with their new schools. While he may not have Coach Fisher’s resume, Coach Laird certainly has some weight to his name in the Louisiana football world.

An NSU graduate himself, Laird is still the all-time passing leader for the Demons more than 20 years after his departure. His high school career was even more impressive as he lead the Ruston High School Bearcats to USA Today’s No. 1 ranked football team in America.

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As a coach, he’s been apart of many highly successful programs including Longview High School in Texas. He joined the Demons coaching staff in 2003 as a defensive coordinator where his defenses still hold records as high as the national level. He later went back to Ruston High where has coached his alma mater to greatness. Now, he’s back at NSU as the head honcho looking to do the same. At only 44 years old, Laird brings a new energy and excitement that Aggie fans can relate to.