August 22, 2009

Practice Notebook: Aggies scrimmage Saturday

Texas A&M got up early Saturday morning for its second scrimmage of August camp with an 8:30 a.m. start at Kyle Field. Not surprisingly, the offense got off to a sluggish start with the first-team defense holding the first-half offense to little gains in the first quarter.

But then the offense woke up, and a couple of big plays let loose cheers from the fans in the Kyle Field stands. No cheers, however, were as big as the one given to sophomore receiver Jeff Fuller on the play of the day. With the defense bringing an all-out blitz, junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson hit Fuller on a two-yard out.

Fuller snared the ball with one hand, turned on cornerback Terrence Frederick and was off to the races for a 55-yard touchdown.

Fuller's play wasn't the only big play in the first half of the scrimmage. True freshman running back Christine Michael took a dive up the middle for a 20-yard touchdown as well.

"There were some good things and not so good things at different time. It was a typical scrimmage," said A&M head coach Mike Sherman. "You're playing a lot of guys and guys are going in and out of the huddle, so I thought there were some inconsistencies on offense at times but I thought they picked it up after the first quarter of play. They got a little bit better, but nobody in particular jumped out at me."

The player of the day, however, could easily have gone to true receiver Kenric McNeal. In the first half of the scrimmage, McNeal was the recipient of a Ryan Tannehill pass with which he beat four defenders on his way to a 50-yard touchdown. He also was on the receiving end of a 45-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill on a blown coverage after Tannehill used his legs to extend his time outside of the pocket.

McNeal made a number of other plays in the second half, including a 15-yard reception in which he picked up a first down after juking a defender and running for an extra eight yards on the play.

"I thought Kenric did well. He made some nice plays, but there are still a lot of things he needs to work on," Sherman said. "He made a couple of plays that were noticeable and did some things that were maybe not as noticeable that he has to work on, but he did a nice job."

Overall, Sherman said his team got done what the coaching staff set out to do.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!