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July 2, 2013

Meet the new guys: Jay Arnold

As Texas A&M's fall camp draws closer, AggieYell.com will introduce each of the players who are arriving in College Station this summer. Next up: defensive end Jay Arnold.

High School: Rockwall Heath

Height/Weight: 6'4", 265 lbs.

2012 stats: 23 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD

Awards/Recognitions: 12-5A Second Team All-District

Why the Aggies wanted him: When Arnold committed to A&M on April 9, 2012, A&M had absolutely no idea what they'd have at either defensive end spot in 2013. Julien Obioha hadn't made it to campus yet and several other players were making the adjustment from the 3-4 scheme of Tim DeRuyter to the 4-3 of Mark Snyder. Finding a player who had the potential to dominate the line of scrimmage against SEC tackles was considered a necessity.

Coming off a huge junior season (44 tackles, 13 sacks, 2 PBUs, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble return for a TD, 15 QB pressures), Arnold had already shown he had the ability to push offensive linemen around at the high school level. Given his frame and his quickness, A&M had a quick interest; add in his enjoyment of beating up on opponents (he wants to be an MMA fighter when his football days are done) and the Aggies had a player that fit what they were looking for.

Likelihood of playing in 2013 (5 being probable starter, 1 being near-certain redshirt): 2. That can change a lot with a strong performance in camp, but with Heath teammate Jordan Points expected to compete with Gavin Stansbury for playing time and Brandon Alexander in the mix, Arnold may be a player the Aggies can redshirt in 2013 and groom to take over a big role in 2014.


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