LB SEAN PORTER SENIOR
He was second in tackles for loss (17) last season, but 8½ of Porter's Big 12--leading 9½ sacks came during the first eight games. He and middle linebacker Jonathan Stewart have the ability to dominate against the run.
LT LUKE JOECKEL JUNIOR
Second-team All--Big 12 in 2011, Joeckel has been projected as an NFL first-rounder. He lost five pounds this spring while adjusting to Kevin Sumlin's fast pace. (At 6' 6", the junior now weighs 305.) Joeckel will be essential to the success of the young QB.
CB DESHAZOR EVERETT SOPHOMORE
Settling in, he will capitalize on his physicality
During what Sumlin called "an excellent spring," Everett moved around in the Aggies' defensive backfield, but come fall he's slated to play cornerback. Having seen limited action in 12 games last year, he'll be one of three underclassmen starting in the secondary. Everett "can really run, has great vision [and] ball skills and is physical," says Sumlin.