November 19, 2007

40 Acres Report: Horns focus is on A&M

Longhorns respect the A&M defense

Never mind that the Texas A&M Aggies rank 85th in the nation in total defense. Just forget about the fact that they rank 51st in the nation in scoring defense. Heck, don't even bring up the fact that the Aggies are ranked 102nd in the nation in pass defense.

When it comes to this weekend's match-up with Texas A&M in College Station, the Longhorns have more than a little bit of respect for a unit that held them to one touchdown in a 12-7 loss last season.

"What they do defensively, they play really well together," Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. "Offensively, they try to control the ball. I think they are keeping the ball for over 31 minutes a ball game. Defensively, they try to make you earn everything that you get. You see very few explosive plays."

Even if the Aggies have given up 34 points or more in a game five times this season, the Longhorns know that the A&M defensive unit has the potential to give them fits, especially in defending the running game.

"Their defensive front is very big, very strong," Texas offensive lineman Chris Hall said. "They've got guys with great size, their inside guys are 300-pounders who push the pocket very well. It's going to be a very physical game, like it always is with A&M, but especially with this defensive front we're going to be facing. They're very good, very physical, very aggressive and it's going to be a good game."

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