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Aggies look to Clemons for immediate help

AggieYell.com's list of the 30 most important players to Texas A&M's 2017 success continues with #24, defensive end Micheal Clemons.

The Aggies hope Micheal Clemons can be a pass rush threat.

Class: Sophomore (JUCO transfer)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 255 pounds

2016 stats (at Sisco Jr. College): 30 tackles, 8.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks in six games

Why he's on the list: The Aggies wanted Clemons for one reason -- to rush the passer. He averaged 5 tackles a better than a tackle for loss per game last year, an indication that he got into the backfield a lot at the JUCO level. Clemons has great length and is really quick, but is also really raw. The Aggies have been putting him through a crash course on pass rush technique this summer and he's going to be counted on to play a lot this fall, backing up Qualen Cunningham and Jarrett Johnson.

AY projection: It's hard to to figure out what to expect from Clemons, because he has exceptional physical gifts but is still developing as a football player. His job is to get after the quarterback and he'll get a lot of chances to do it as the primary backup at defensive end. Daeshon Hall and Jarrett Johnson both had 4.5 sacks last year, and it wouldn't be too surprising to see him get to those numbers if he's nearly as capable as A&M believes.