August 21, 2007

Devin Gregg keeping things consistent

In Texas A&M's 4-2-5 defense a lot is placed on the shoulder of the three safeties. The weak safety plays high while the strong safety plays in the box sort of like an outside linebacker with more coverage abilities.

The Aggies are replacing both positions in 2007, but at free safety is the rock that is the glue that holds the secondary together - junior Devin Gregg. The 6-foot, 191-pound free safety is entering his third season, and his second as the starter, at free safety since earning his time in his first game in 2005 when he sacked Oklahoma State quarterback Al Pena and forced a fumble in his first play in an Aggie uniform.

That play was foreshadowing things to come. Since then Gregg has been the steadfast constant in the Aggie secondary, even if he doesn't get the accolades he deserves.

"It's like that offensive line, you got somebody you can depend on and you're going to get a steady game out of who doesn't make many mistakes and is solid down in and down out," said A&M head coach Dennis Franchione. "Devin he's rock solid steady throughout a practice and throughout a game. He just doesn't make too many mistakes. Coaches appreciate that a great deal."

Gregg, however, doesn't mind not being in the spotlight. He goes about his business on and off the field, and in the end he puts the team ahead of the individual.

"As long as I'm doing what it takes for me to help us win a Big 12 championship and go beyond that and get us to a BCS bowl game and win a bowl game, that'll be great for me," Gregg said. "As long as I'm out there doing my job within the scheme and the coaches are happy, that's all that matters."

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