December 27, 2006

Bowl practice moves already paying dividends

With extra practice days in preparation for the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Texas A&M coaches were able to move a few players around in order to see them at different positions. With freshman quarterback Jerrod Johnson redshirting and continuing to impress throughout the season on the practice fields, the Aggie coaching staff approached redshirt freshman backup quarterback Jamie McCoy about changing positions.

McCoy moved to wide receiver after being given a choice between receiver and safety.

"When we talked to Jamie about moving we asked if he would want to try receiver or safety," said A&M head coach Dennis Franchione. "He said he'd like to try receiver first and obviously knows the offense so that's a little bit easier transition for him."

A lot of times players aren't too receptive when asked to change positions, but McCoy was recruited by A&M as an athlete, and even though he was given the chance to play quarterback the coaching staff and McCoy realize that his athletic ability is something that needs to see the field.

But his quarterback days aren't necessarily behind him as Franchione said that the moves aren't necessarily permanent.

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