Projected Texas A&M football defense depth chart post-spring football

Here’s how we see the defensive two-deep stacking up for Texas A&M football come springtime.

Sep 23, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Payton Thorne (1) is tackled by
Sep 23, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Payton Thorne (1) is tackled by / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
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Projecting Texas A&M football’s spring defensive depth chart: Edge rusher

1st unit: Cashius Howell
2nd unit: Malick Sylla
3rd unit: Enai White

This is a bit nebulous, as all three of these guys could be listed at defensive end as well. However, the build and specialty of each of these guys is a bit different than those I listed at DE (with the possible exception of Kennedy).

I’m really excited about what the Bowling Green transfer Cashius Howell brings to this team. His sack numbers last year were extremely impressive, and this is a player archetype that the Aggies have been missing production from over the past two years. Part of that has to do with how DJ Durkin’s defense functioned, of course, but Howell’s addition shored up this position nicely in regard to both talent and depth.

That’s not to say, however, that Sylla and White don’t bring much to the table. White has been out with an injury, but has shown impressive reps when he made it to the field. I specifically think of a sack he recorded against Arkansas that showcased his speed and bend off the edge in a way that really caught the eye of everyone watching.

Sylla is a guy that I expect to really take a leap this year. As up-and-down as it has been for him so far, I think we could see him take that next step as he continues to mature. He’s one that has been mentioned among those who have benefited most from Tommy Moffit’s S&C program. I’ve got him circled as a guy to watch especially closely in the spring game.