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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Aggie Snapshot: DE Gavin Stansbury

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. 72 Gavin Stansbury
Junior defensive end

Impact thus far: Stansbury has spent the last two seasons coming off the bench to make contributions as a reserve defensive lineman. As a redshirt freshman in 2011 he appeared in all 13 games, recording 15 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Last season he appeared in 11 games and had 11 tackles and a forced fumble.

Expectations for 2013: This fall, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Stansbury has an opportunity to increase his role. After the early departure of defensive end Damontre Moore for the NFL draft, there's room to battle for a spot opposite projected starting defensive end Julien Obioha.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Stansbury was the listed starter at strongside defensive end during spring football, and he'll have the opportunity to fight for a starting spot. Should he win it, it gives the junior a chance to emerge as a consistent contributor. Of the other contenders for playing time at the spot opposite of Obioha, Stansbury has the most game experience.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: The plethora of options means it's not a given that Stansbury is a lock to win a starting job, even with the advantage of experience. If he doesn't, he'll still be a valuable option rotating in off the bench as he has in the last two seasons.

Future impact: Stansbury's impact will be largely determined how things play out during fall training camp and early in the season. If he can establish himself as the option opposite Obioha, he has a chance to contribute significantly over his final two seasons.