April 23, 2008

Spring Review: Top playmakers

Texas A&M wrapped up spring drills with the Maroon & White game Saturday with a display of high athleticism from its running backs on the first few drives, but then the defense took over before halftime. The second half was all situational drills where both sides of the ball got its shots in on the other.

Spring drills, however, only accumulated with the Maroon & White game. For the past month, the Aggies had practiced 14 times before the Maroon & White game and A&M started with learning from a new coach in Mike Sherman, a new coaching staff and a new scheme on both sides of the ball.

By the end of the spring, the Aggies seemed to be more in tune with what the coaches wanted out of them although Sherman cautions that there is still plenty of work to be done.

"We have a lot of work to do," Sherman said. "But if they keep pushing the way they're pushing and doing the right things, that means going to class and being on time and taking care of their business on and off the field - then we're going to get better and we're going to keep getting better and be able to do the things we want to do."

The biggest issue from the spring, however, is clearly depth. The Aggies are solid at quarterback and running back, but everywhere else lacks any type of depth behind the first unit to the point where an injury could seriously put the Aggies in survival mode.

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