Starter: Steven Jenkins
Backup: Brett Wade
Starter: Donnie Baggs
Backup: Reggie Chevis
Starter: Tommy Sanders
Backup: Nate Askew
Steven Jenkins missed the spring while he recovering from shoulder surgery. He had 79 tackles for the Ags in 2012 and should be one of the better linebackers in the SEC in 2013.
Donnie Baggs has successfully made the transition from outside to middle linebacker. He brings more quickness to the position than Jonathan Stewart had. Baggs should be more effective in coverage than Stewart was.
Tommy Sanders started the game, made a tackle for loss during the first series and then got injured. He will be back in the Fall and starting at Sean Porter's old spot.
Nate Askew has made big plays in every single scrimmage. He lined up in a 5-technique outside of Jeremiah Stuckey and ran untouched around Stuckey to sack the quarterback.
Askew has amazing quickness and was described as one of the top four athletes on the team by head coach Kevin Sumlin during an ESPN interview at the spring game. He will be used extensively in the Fall when the Ags face passing offenses like Missouri and Ole Miss.
Reggie Chevis is very effective against the run. He runs downhill into the hole and attacks the running back. Chevis needs to work on his pass coverage. He was no match for the Aggie running backs in the passing game.
Brett Wade did a little bit of everything well on Saturday. He and Chevis did not look lost out there which was surprising considering they should be planning for senior prom right now.
There ability to be effective defenders on Saturday was a tribute to new A&M linebacker coach Mark Hagen. He had the two newcomers ready to play.