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Friday, July 12, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: OL Ben Compton

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 -- who 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. 68 Ben Compton
Junior guard/center

Impact thus far: Since arriving in Aggieland, Compton has spent time as a reserve lineman. As a true freshman in 2011, he moved to the defensive side and played nine games as noseguard but went back to the offensive line in 2012, where he appeared in all 13 games as a backup guard and center.

Expectations for 2013: The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Compton will continue in his role as a reserve guard/center, a role he played during spring football as well.

Best-case scenario in 2013: After a spring that saw the starting offensive line group unchanged (Jake Matthews, Jarvis Harrison, Mike Matthews, Germain Ifedi, Cedric Ogbuehi), it looks like the Aggies are set there but Compton is a valuable piece to have. His ability to play multiple positions coupled with game experience are good to have if he's needed for an extended role at some point.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: If the Aggies stay healthy and are successful up front, like they were last season when all five starters played all 13 games, then Compton will see most of his time late in games when games are out of reach, but he's still a valuable asset to have.

Future impact: Whether or not Compton starts before his career winds down, he's a veteran presence with experience at multiple positions. Having that in a reserve role is valuable and if the Aggies need him to step into an elevated role, he should be successful.