COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M football team built off of its solid scrimmage the day before with a pair of gritty workouts on Monday. The Aggies worked for just under two hours in full pads in the morning on the Coolidge Practice Fields before going through a 90-minute session in shorts and shells in the afternoon inside the McFerrin Athletic Center.
“I thought we had good practices this morning and this afternoon,” head coach Mike Sherman said. “It wasn’t 100 percent clean in relationship to everyone doing the right thing all the time, but I was pleased with the effort. There was a lot more banging going on, a lot of contact. You always worry after scrimmaging one day and coming back for two-a-days the next. But they responded really well.”
Sherman was asked about the play of the offensive line, which has had a solid fall camp thus far, and that is something that has not gone unnoticed by the head coach.
“I’m pleased with the group,” Sherman said. “They’re working hard, and I think they’re showing a lot more physical toughness in their jobs this year than they did last year. I think the backs are running harder, and running more physical, and that’s kind of picked things up a little bit.”
He also heaped praise on the quarterbacks for their performance on Monday.
“I thought our quarterbacks, particularly Jerrod (Johnson) and (Ryan) Tannehill, played very well this morning,” Sherman said. “They did okay this afternoon too. I feel good about the first two guys. Going into this camp, I was worried that maybe we didn’t have a third. I think Tommy (Dorman) is closing the gap from where he was in the spring. He’s had a pretty good camp, throwing the ball a lot better and making better decisions. He’s made a lot of strides in this camp.”
The Aggies return to the field on Tuesday with a single practice beginning at 8:25 a.m. on the Coolidge Practice Fields. Monday’s afternoon session marked the 10th of fall camp to this point.
Fans wishing to attend practice that do not have the proper University parking permit are reminded to park in either the University Center Parking Garage across from Rudder Tower or the West Campus Parking Garage facing the press box side of Kyle Field.
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