COLLEGE STATION -- First-year Aggie head coach Mike Sherman will take the field with his new team for the first time on Tuesday when the Texas A&M football team kicks off the 2008 edition of spring drills.
The Aggies will hit the practice fields at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The
Aggies' spring workouts are open to A&M students and former students when A&M is practicing outside on the grass practice fields. Fans are not allowed in the McFerrin Athletic Complex due to space concerns and liability issues.
For Sherman, who coached the past 11 seasons in the National
Football League, it will be a return to his coaching roots as he returns to
collegiate ranks for the first time since the spring of 1997 when he was the Aggies' offensive coordinator.
Sherman served two stints with Texas A&M from 1989-1993 and from 1995-97 before leaving for the Green Bay Packers in the summer of 1997.
Sherman coached for the Packers and Seattle Seahawks before being named the Packers' head coach in 2000. He was the Packers¹ head coach from 2000-05 and later added Executive Vice President and General Manager to his job duties with Green Bay. Sherman served as the Houston Texans¹ assistant head coach the past two seasons.
Sherman takes over an Aggie squad that has earned consecutive bowl berths, and returns 45 lettermen and 15 starters (five from offense, six from defense, four special teamers) from last year¹s 7-6 team that advanced to the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Starters returning to the offensive side of the football are
quarterback Stephen McGee, wide receiver Pierre Brown, running back
Jorvorskie Lane, and offensive linemen Travis Schneider and Michael Shumard. Running back Mike Goodson was a co-starter with Lane and racked up six starts in 2007.
Sherman has announced that McGee, who has started 27 straight games at quarterback, will not see live action this spring after having successful offseason shoulder (non-throwing) surgery.
Defensive starters back in 2008 include defensive end Cyril Obiozor and defensive backs Devin Gregg, Alton Dixon, Jordan Pugh and Arkeith Brown.
Also returning is cornerback Danny Gorrer, who started 22 straight games from 2005-07, who was injured against Texas Tech and missed the final six games of 2007.
Punter Justin Brantly and placekicker Matt Szymanski also return in
2008, along with deep snappers Corey Gibas and Cory Davis.