Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #13

Aggie Websider takes a look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. No. 13? Junior safety Alton Dixon.

In 2004, the famed Aggie Wrecking Crew defense was embarrassed. The pass defense was the worst in the country and defensive coordinator Carl Torbush was fired at season's end. That year, A&M safety Alton Dixon, Aggie Websider's No. 13 Impact Player for 2007, played in all 11 games as a true freshman.

He took his licks and learned a lot that year, which led to a much better 2006 season for him and the Aggie secondary. As long as he continues to develop in 2007, the Aggie defense should continue to improve.

What he's done so far

As a true freshman in 2005, the 5-foot-11, 200 pound safety recorded 22 tackles (11 solo) for the season and recovered a fumble against SMU. He had a season-high four tackles in games again Colorado, Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

Last year, the hard hitting safety racked up just 10 tackles, which had more to do with a much improved linebacker unit with junior college transfers Misi Tupe and Mark Dodge than a drop off in production from Dixon.

Why he's important

In the Aggies' 4-2-5 defense, safeties are critical and Dixon is no exception. He'll be called upon to help defend the run and the pass, so hopefully the last two years have taught him what he needs to know.

With a more complex defensive scheme in 2007, Dixon's leadership as an upperclassman is also important.

2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
14. Misi Tupe, LB
15. Cyril Obiozor, C
16. Cody Wallace, C
17. Matt Szymanski, PK
18. Earvin Taylor, WR
19. Kirk Elder, OL
20. Corey Clark, OL
21. Pierre Brown, WR
22. Chris Yoder, OL
23. Yemi Babalola, OL
24. Kerry Franks, WR/KR
25. Justin Brantly, P

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