COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M football team, with finals of summer school completed on Wednesday, took the field for its first morning practice of the 2008 fall camp at the grass practice fields on Thursday.
The Aggies hit the practice field less than 12 hours after first-year head coach Mike Sherman chided his team for a practice that “wasn’t good enough” in his estimation.
“I came in at 6 (a.m.) and the parking lot was full, and (the team) was taped and ready to go,” Sherman said. “We were on the field by 7:30 and accomplished what we needed to get done. I was pleased with the way they responded.”
Sherman said the Aggies took a step in the right direction on Thursday.
“It was better,” Sherman said. “We still dropped too many balls, but we can fix that. But I thought the guys responded well to what we had to do today. It was hot out there, and part of practicing is handling the adversity you face with a hot practice. We know we’re going to play in some hot weather, so we had to learn to not worry about the heat as much as getting the next play right. We have a way to go there. We have some young guys and they have to mature, but they took a step today.”
Sherman once again praised his corps of running backs.
“I’m excited about the dimensions that all our backs bring to the offense,” Sherman said. “I think we have a couple of guys that can receive the ball, as well as run the ball and run after the catch. At this point, I’m probably most pleased with our running backs. They’ve held on to the ball, and they are practicing hard. Part of that is, there is so much competition at the position that each guy is looking for his chance.”
Sherman was asked if the Aggies were going to use the screen pass, which was a staple for the Green Bay Packers’ squads that he coached from 2000-05.
“If we can… screens come down to the quarterback and timing,” Sherman responded. “If you have a quarterback who can get the ball there, find those tight spaces without getting the ball knocked down or sacked, then you’re a good screen team. We had a good one in Green Bay obviously. A lot of it is dependent on the quarterback and his timing between him and the running backs. Certainly the linemen have to block and the rhythm of the play is important, but I think they can be great plays for us and all of our backs are pretty good at it.”
The Aggies return to the practice field for another morning workout on Friday before starting two-a-day workouts on Saturday.