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Monday, July 1, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: LB Shaun Ward

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. 40 Shaun Ward
Junior linebacker

Impact thus far: Ward has played sparingly since arriving in Aggieland. He appeared in nine games in his freshman season, recording one tackle, and appeared in eight games last season, making seven tackles, one tackle for loss and recorded a sack and a pass breakup.

Expectations for 2013: Entering spring football, Ward was listed as the backup to Donnie Baggs at middle linebacker but also shared time at the position with true freshman Reggie Chevis during spring drills. With another true freshman inside linebacker joining the fray (Jordan Mastrogiovanni), this fall camp will have to be a big one for Ward if he wants to solidify himself.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Ward solidifies himself as the clear No. 2 at middle linebacker behind Baggs, plays in double-digit games and becomes a valuable reserve at linebacker that is used regularly.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: Chevis or Mastrogiovanni overtake Ward during fall camp or early in the season and he sees minimal playing time in the fall.

Future impact: Ward's impact level will likely be determined on how things shake out in camp. With so many new faces in at linebacker, there's plenty of competition. Ward has the advantage of game experience with the Aggies, though it's not a lot. If he can use that to his advantage and show a lot of progress, it'll be a boost for the depth at linebacker.