While everyone knew the Aggies offense would be potent this year, there were questions abound on defense. Some answers have become clearer in recent weeks, and one thing is for sure: some members of the secondary are not up to par.

De’Vante Harris has struggled to cover anyone, getting picked on relentlessly by Mississippi State last week, and Armani Watts has had problems coming up to make tackles, whiffing often in the last two SEC games. One constant has been cornerback Deshazor Everett, and he’ll be needed more than ever against Ole Miss.

The Rebels like to throw the ball nearly as much as Texas A&M does, and when Bo Wallace drops back he’s often looking for stud sophomore, Laquon Treadwell. While Ole Miss has a trio of talented receivers, including Cody Core and Vince Sanders, Treadwell is the star of the group. Everett will likely draw the responsibility of containing him.

Treadwell is load to handle at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, and he showed just how difficult he can be to bring down when he ripped away from two defenders for a touchdown against Alabama. He’s also able to burn defenders and get free behind the secondary.

Everett has the size to contend with Treadwell’s physical talents, and he’s a strong enough tackler (third on the team with 35 total tackles) to bring him down. Whether or not he can contain him one-on-one will be key, as the Aggies don’t have the defensive resources to commit multiple guys to stopping just one receiver. If Everett can help take Treadwell out of the game, it’ll make life much more difficult for Bo Wallace.