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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: DE Tyrell Taylor

By Sam Khan Jr.

During the summer, GigEmNation will take a closer look at returning starters and other key players on the two-deep for Texas A&M -- excluding the Aggies' 2013 recruiting class -- that could make notable impact this fall in our Aggie Snapshot series. Starting with No. 1 De'Vante Harris, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 95 Julien Obioha.

No. 35 Tyrell Taylor
Junior defensive end


Impact thus far: Though he has appeared in 21 games in his first two seasons on campus, he hasn't seen a ton of field time. Last season, he was the primary backup to Damontre Moore at defensive end and appeared in 11 games, recording six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup and three quarterback hurries.

Expectations for 2013: This fall, the Aggies are looking for Taylor to step up. With Moore gone after entering the NFL draft and sophomore Julien Obioha likely set to have one defensive end spot, there's another one up for grabs. Taylor has played more for the Aggies than just about any of the candidates at the position.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Taylor wins a starting defensive end job in fall training camp and becomes a solid, reliable, productive pass rusher opposite of Obioha. Taylor's presence helps bolster the Aggies' pass rush as they become consistent at pressuring opposing quarterbacks.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Another candidate takes the job and Taylor remains in a part-time role, contributing in spot duty off the bench this fall.

Future impact: This season is a golden opportunity for Tyrell Taylor. Should he take advantage of it and grab a hold of a starting job, he has the chance to carve out two solid final seasons in Aggieland. But the competition will continue to be fierce between Taylor, his brother Tyrone Taylor, the other veteran defensive ends and even the incoming freshmen at the position.