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Aggies' defense back to full strength for Alabama

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - No. 6 Texas A&M's defense didn't look great against FCS school Sam Houston State, giving up some huge plays in the Aggies' 65-28 win.

The good news is that several suspended defensive starters will be back this week.

The bad news? Their first live action of the season will be against top-ranked Alabama on Saturday.

Cornerback De'Vante Harris, linebacker Steven Jenkins and defensive end Gavin Stansbury return this week after missing the first two games serving suspensions for violating team rules. Cornerback Deshazor Everett was suspended for the first half for a targeting penalty last week, but returned after halftime and had an interception.

Coach Kevin Sumlin says that they've had to run a "vanilla" defense with so many starters on the bench. He's looking forward to seeing his defense at full-strength.

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