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You can generally tell the quality of a defense by looking at who is making the tackles. If you have linebackers or defensive linemen leading the team in tackles, then you are typically going to have a solid defense.
If you have safeties or cornerbacks leading the team, then your defense has issues unless you have a special talent at safety. The top five tacklers for the Aggies in 2013 are three safeties and two cornerbacks.
Part of that is because the Aggies have played three spread teams, and part of it is because the front seven has been inept in 2013 and the safeties are making a lot of tackles down the field.
Junior cornerback Deshazor Everett is the Aggies' best defensive player. He is third on the team with 24 tackles and is a shutdown cornerback.
Everett has moved to safety because starter Floyd Raven broke his collarbone, and backup Clay Hunnicutt was not up to the task. Everett is very physical against the run and excels at making plays outside the tackle box.
He, Howard Matthews and Toney Hurd Jr. are going to have to be active near the line of scrimmage against Arkansas. They will need to be sure tacklers to prevent Arkansas from making big plays.
Arkansas sophomore running back Jonathan Williams will be a load for the Aggies to handle. The 6'0", 222-pound back is a nice north-south runner. The Aggies defensive backs need to wrap up and hold on until help gets there.
AJ Collins is a true freshman from Florida who weighs in at 205 lbs. He is not the power back that Williams is but he has more speed.
They will both test the Aggies defense. The safeties need to be ready to play a big part in the run defense against Arkansas.