A Texas A&M defense that has struggled this year will now be without one if its top defenders for the remainder of the season.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin announced Tuesday that defensive tackle Kirby Ennis will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Ennis, a senior, started 11 games as junior but was suspended for the first game this season due to an offseason arrest. He injured his left knee in the Sept. 28 win at Arkansas. After leaving the game, he came back in but was forced to leave after just one play.
With Ennis out, the ninth-ranked Aggies now list true freshman Isaiah Golden as the starter at nose guard and junior Ivan Robinson as the backup.
With Golden now the starter, the Aggies are starting two true freshmen on defense, with middle linebacker Darian Claiborne the other. Texas A&M now has 12 either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen on its two-deep roster heading into Saturday’s game at Mississippi.
The Aggies are allowing 30.8 points per game and 476.8 yards a game and rank 112th nationally in total defense out of 123 FBS schools.