The Texas A&M Football team returns six offensive and six defensive starters from their 2012 team that finished 11-2 and ranked No. 5 in the country. The most important player on the 2013 team may not be a returning starter at all, but the relatively obscure redshirt freshman defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu.
Manukainiu spent the 2012 season redshirting while he added size and strength in the weight room. He is now listed at 6’4″ 270 lbs and is the first-string nose guard on the Aggies’ spring depth chart.
When Manukainiu was recruited to A&M out of Euless (TX) Trinity High School, he was a 6’4″ 240 lb defensive end. He reported to Aggieland at about 255 lbs and has added 15 lbs of good weight in the past year.
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Manukainiu is long and lean. His body type is ideal for a 3-4 defensive end. Manukainiu was expected to play strong-side defensive end and see some time a...