August 25, 2009

Practice Notebook: Freshmen shine on Tuesday

A day after several stories surrounded the Texas A&M football team in August camp, Tuesday's single practice was inevitably going be a subdued day when it came to news. So instead of talking about a starting quarterback, Lucas Patterson's move back to the defensive line or the appearance of Coryell Judie in an Aggie uniform (although he did play in shoulder pads Tuesday morning), Tuesday's workout was all about football.

And a number of players, some talked about a lot this camp and some not, stepped up to be recognized.

"I thought we had a couple kids step up like Ryan Swope I thought did some nice things. Kenric McNeal is hurt but is out there working. I thought Matt Allen played well. I thought Luke (Patterson) played well. Terrence Frederick is out there doing a good job consistently, so there are some positives but there are also some negatives," said A&M head coach Mike Sherman. "I didn't think we were that clean on defense. Sometimes when you go thud they still have to understand they still have to wrap up the guy and not let him get four extra yards, so we have to clean that up."

Swope has been the forgotten true freshman receiver during camp with a large part due to him splitting time at running backs. But ever since Swope has been working primarily with receivers, he's begun to creep up the depth chart. The past two days have been strong days for Swope, and Tuesday it was once again as he has shown great hands and open-field speed.

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