Spring primer: Five players to watch 

February, 28, 2013
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has dominated the headlines since last fall, but the Aggies had quite a bit of talent around the Heisman Trophy winner. Some of the Aggies key players last seasons were ones that the college football world knew little, if anything, about prior to last season. Guys such as receiver Mike Evans, Ben Malena and Howard Matthews wound up playing key roles during the Aggies' memorable 11-2 campaign.

So which returnees could be the breakout players of 2013? Here are five names to keep an eye on heading into Texas A&M spring practice, which begins on Saturday:

[+] EnlargeBen Compton
AP PhotoBen Compton's ability to play center or guard puts him in position to make a move this spring.
Ben Compton -- The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Compton made the move from center to guard last season and saw action in all 13 games. Though primarily a reserve guard, he does have the ability to play center, so expect him to be in the mix to battle for a starting spot somewhere on the interior offensive line. With Cedric Ogbuehi moving from right guard to right tackle, Compton could slide in as his successor at right guard.
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