August 28, 2009

Practice Notebook: Aggies break camp

Texas A&M wrapped up August training camp Friday with an extra early practice outside on the Coolidge Practice Fields at 6:30 a.m. The Aggies drilled without pads for the second day in a row, and the atmosphere was evidently light-hearted while the team still worked hard.

As opposed to the end of last fall and the previous two springs under head coach Mike Sherman there were no water balloon fights or other crazy hijinx to signal the end of camp. Instead, there was just a hard set of gassers for about 15 minutes to send the players off to a weekend off before meeting again Sunday to kick off game week preparations for the season opener with New Mexico.

"We're going to condition throughout the season and we've spent a lot of time talking about our conditioning program and getting them to this point. They ran really well today," Sherman said. "I feel like we're in very good shape and we're going to maintain that. We're going to run and run and run just like a basketball team that continues to run up and down the court I want our guys in the fourth quarter, something that I'm not so sure we weren't quite focused on. I don't want them to worry about fatigue in the fourth quarter but worry about the game, and so I think we'll be able to handle that part of it a little bit better and that will be the emphasis."

The rest of practice went much like the previous 27 in which the Aggies practiced situations in team drills and special teams, went through 7-on-7 work and worked in group sessions. This time, however, the Aggies also added in 1-on-1 drills in which receivers would run deep routes against defensive backs.

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