Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #7

Aggie Websider continues its look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not necessarily based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. Junior defensive back Danny Gorrer is No. 7 on this year's list.

In 2005, the Texas A&M pass defense was awful. Everyone's heard about it. Most of you saw it first hand. There was the 378-yard assault by Texas State, the 401-yard attack by Colorado and who could forget the 433-yard effort by Texas Tech? Five teams threw for 350 yards or more against the Aggies that year and allowed 304.6 passing yards per game. But in 2006, the Aggies moved all the way from No. 117 (dead last) to No. 44, giving up just 190.5 yards through the air per game.

One of the reasons for the rapid improvement was the maturation of junior cornerback Danny Gorrer—Aggie Websider's No. 7 Impact Player for 2007.

What he's done so far

Gorrer redshirted in 2004 after recording 68 tackles and nine interceptions during his senior season at Port Arthur Memorial. He returned one of the interceptions for a touchdown, and ran back an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown as well. He earned second-team All-State honors from the Associated Press and was one of the top cornerbacks in the state for the class of 2004.

In 2005, Gorrer stepped into the defense as a wet-behind-the-ears redshirt freshman but racked up 30 tackles (15 solo) and played in all 11 games, including four starts.

Last year, Gorrer recorded 52 tackles (26 solo), broke up three passes, forced a fumble. He also hauled in an interception against Oklahoma State, and posted a career-high seven tackles in the heart-breaking loss to Nebraska.

Why he's important

Along with sophomore Jordan Peterson, Gorrer has the potential to become a real game-breaking defensive back this year. He's got two years under his belt and is one of the best athletes on the team in terms of speed and agility. He had to experience some growing pains in his first season of play, but seemed to really grasp defensive coordinator Gary Darnell's new scheme in 2006.

With a year under Darnell, and two years of Division-I football under his belt, this could be a breakout season for Gorrer, who has the ability to make the big play on defense. He's a guy who the coaching staff should be able to depend on at corner in key situations on defense.

2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
8. Jordan Pugh, X/LB
9. Mark Dodge, LB
10. Chris Alexander, FB
11. Jordan Peterson, DB
12. Devin Gregg, S
13. Alton Dixon, S
14. Misi Tupe, LB
15. Cyril Obiozor, DL
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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