SEC Football:  The West’s Most Important Defensive Players in 2015

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Sep 13, 2014; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) reacts against the Rice Owls during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Myles Garrett burst onto the scene at Texas A&M in 2014 with 11.5 sacks.  His ability to pressure quarterbacks will be key for A&M in 2015.

If the offense of Texas A&M produces like Sumlin hopes they will, opposing offenses will have to throw the ball to stay in the game.  That is where Garrett steps in to ruin a quarterback’s night and force quick decisions.  If he can up his sack total and force turnovers, A&M will see a huge improvement under first year coordinator John Chavis.

Garrett must up his level of play against quality competition, however, as 8 of his sacks came against Lamar, Rice, and Louisiana-Monroe.   That leaves only 3.5 sacks in his other 10 games (including the bowl).  A repeat will not be enough in 2014, Garrett must improve for A&M to improve.

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