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Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett to play Saturday

24 September 2016: Texas A&M Aggies defensive end Myles Garrett (#15) battles with Arkansas Razorbacks left tackle Dan Skipper (#70) during the Southwest Classic college football game between the Arkansas and Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Texas A&M won the game 45-24. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire)
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The Texas A&M Aggies will have the luxury of playing defense behind one of the best players in the entire country on Saturday versus the Tennessee Volunteers. Despite missing last weekend’s game and being withheld from practice on Friday, defensive end Myles Garrett will give it a go on Saturday afternoon, according to head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Garrett suffered a high ankle sprain and was unavailable for Texas A&M’s win – their fifth straight – over the South Carolina Gamecocks. On the season, the 6-5, 270-pound star has collected 11 tackles and three sacks. He is seemingly a matchup nightmare for every offensive tackle in the country.

“The thing about Myles Garrett is he’s incredibly quick off the ball and he uses his length to his advantage,” Arkansas’ offensive tackle Dan Skipper told ESPN. “One thing people don’t understand is that he’s very powerful, too. He’s got everything, and he’s very athletic and he’s one of those guys that can wreck your game plan.”

Garrett’s presence will be crucial on Saturday as the No. 7 Aggies meet the No. 9 Vols, a matchup in which College GameDay is on hand. He will have the task of keeping Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, a dual-threat specialist who is off a big win over Georgia, at bay.

The defensive end won’t have to wait too long to hear his name once the 2017 NFL Draft rolls around, either. According to NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah, “Garrett is a prototype player. He has everything you’d want in a defensive end. He isn’t quite as twitched up as Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, but he is very polished as a pass rusher and he has the ability to dominate on all three downs.”

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