August 16, 2008
Aggies scrimmage early at Kyle Field Saturday
On a very foggy and humid morning in College Station Saturday, Kyle Field hosted it first football scrimmage of August as Texas A&M took to the field to work on every situation imaginable. With a few hundred fans in the stands and crowd noise filtered in through the sound system, the Aggies were put through their paces two weeks before opening the 2008 season with Arkansas State on the same field.
The Aggies worked out for three hours, and determining who looked good, bad or in between is a matter of taste. The offense had more bright spots, but it was against an Aggie defense that was giving up yards in chunks. Either way, the day provided head coach Mike Sherman and his coaching staff plenty of material to move forward with in August camp.
"The great thing about today was that we were able to practice every situation known to man in football. We practiced short-yardage, we practiced just the red zone, we had punting situations, kicking situation, we went for two, we had the last eight minutes of the game, we had a four-minute offense and defense, two-minute offense and defense, then we went into overtime and then we finished up with being backed up," Sherman said. "The good news is we were able to practice a lot of things and situations and teach them what those situations are all about, try to get aware of the clock, what you need to look at, where the clock is, what you need to look at, how many timeouts we have, what this means, what are we going to call so we teach them that. How many guys that filtered into I don't know, but hopefully we keep hitting them over the head with it and they'll get more educated."
The first-team offense ruled the day, however, with some big touchdown plays and with the offensive line looking as good as it has in camp. Still, the Aggies made some mistakes on offense, but for the most part they ruled the morning.
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