Position battles: Defense, special teams 

July, 31, 2012
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Fall practice is nearing for the Texas A&M Aggies as they prepare for the 2012 season. The Aggies begin workouts on Friday, so let's take a glance at some of the key position battles on defense and special teams to keep an eye on in the coming weeks:

Cornerback: Deshazor Everett, Floyd Raven, Dustin Harris, Tremaine Jacobs

Everett and Raven are listed as the two starting corners going into camp. Both have good size (Raven is 6-foot-2, 190; Everett is six feet, 176) but both are light on experience. Each played a dozen games last season as true freshmen but neither has recorded a start in their career yet. For Harris, experience is a strength -- the senior has appeared in 38 games, including 17 starts and has been a significant contributor on special teams in the return game. Jacobs, a junior college transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was able to enroll in January and go through spring football with the team. Also keep an eye on junior Toney Hurd. Though he's listed on the depth chart as a safety, he could fit in as a corner in nickel packages, a spot where Hurd saw some time in the spring. There's also the possibility that Everett could slide to safety if needed.
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