Ags Tackle The Heat

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COLLEGE STATION—The Texas A&M football team completed its first week of fall camp with a full-pads workout on a hot and windy Sunday at the grass practice fields, and the results of the afternoon were mixed for head coach Mike Sherman.

“We did some good things and some not good things,” Sherman said. “Offensively we ran the ball well, but we didn’t throw and catch well. Defensively, we didn’t defend the run well but we defended the pass well. The inconsistency concerns me.”

It was the Aggies’ first practice of the fall in the middle of the afternoon heat, something Sherman said was done on purpose to judge the team’s reaction to the conditions.

“I wanted to practice outside in what (strength and conditioning) Coach (Dave) Kennedy calls the ‘radiant heat’, where it’s bright, and sunny and tough,” Sherman said. “We need to have these guys understand that we will play in this type of weather this year. They have to be able to handle it. I don’t know if we handled it really well today. In phases we did, but overall I thought we struggled at times.”

Sherman was asked about his secondary, where he praised the play of the unit after observing one week of fall workouts.

“I think they’re doing very well,” Sherman said. “I like the chemistry they are playing with over there. They are playing fast. We have to get our linebackers to fit in to the scheme with them a little bit better, but as a group I think they are doing a pretty good job.”

At the end of practice, the special teams were put through a ‘hurry up’ drill where the unit had to race on to the field with the clock running and kick a field goal before time expired. Kickers Richie Bean and Randy Bullock are battling for the starting job.

“They are both are doing better out there but still have room for improvement,” Sherman said. “Bean worked hard in the offseason to improve his leg strength and I thought he has. He did a nice job. Bullock is competing with him as well. I just like to see them kick under pressure where they have to run on the field with the time winding on the clock. They’ll probably practice it way more times than they’ll ever do it in their career, but it’s good for them.”

The Aggies return to the field for a pair of workouts on Monday. Texas A&M opens the season on Saturday, Aug. 30 as it plays host to Arkansas State at Kyle Field. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and tickets are available by calling 888-99-AGGIE or by logging on to

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