April 19, 2008

A&M wraps up spring ball with the Maroon & White game

Texas A&M ended spring drills Saturday with the annual Maroon & White game at Kyle Field, but with new head coach Mike Sherman came a new format to the popular game. Instead of drafting teams, the Aggies worked first-team offense against first-team defense, second-team offense against second-team defense and so on.

The team was split into two to keep score, Texas A&M and Aggies, but the only difference between the teams on the scoreboard was who was the quarterback on the scoring drives. Stephen McGee and Tommy Dorman quarterbacked Texas A&M while Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill ran the helm of the Aggies. In essence, one player could score for both teams throughout the game depending on who their quarterback was on the score.

At halftime, Texas A&M had a 14-3 lead over the Aggies, but that was the end of the scrimmage. The second half was all situational drills such as red zone situations, two-minute drills, end-of-game situations, goal line stands and overtime situations.

"I thought we did some good things, but obviously there are still some things to work on," Sherman said. "We struggled offensively in the red zone. We struggled offensively in the second quarter. I thought our defense did some very good things, and I thought our offense at times did some very good things."

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