COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Texas A&M football team practiced for more than two hours on Wednesday before ending the workout with a spirited water balloon battle on the Coolidge Practice Fields as the Aggies continued preparations for the season-opener against Arkansas State on Aug. 30.
“Humor is one of the greatest components of having great chemistry when you can laugh at things together,” head coach Mike Sherman said of the watery post-practice battle. “They had a lot of laughs out there having fun with each other.”
Sherman was asked about the progress of quarterback Stephen McGee, who won the starting job during August camp. The most accurate passer in school history, McGee needs just 111 passing yards in the season opener against Arkansas State to become the fifth 5,000-yard passer at Texas A&M. Last year, McGee was one of six quarterbacks in college football to rush for 800 yards and pass for 2,000. McGee joined Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida, Zac Robinson of Oklahoma State, Matt Grothe of South Florida, Jake Locker of Washington and Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan on the list.
“Stephen is a great competitor,” Sherman said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He’s coming out of more of a run-oriented offense and he’s adapted very well to our offense. We’re still going to run the ball. He’s adapted well to the terminology, which is extensive, and the volume of the offense. He has a great grasp of our offense and I expect great things out of him.”
The final football scrimmage of preseason camp will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Kyle Field, weather permitting. Texas A&M current and former students and faculty and staff (with proper identification) may enter Kyle Field through Gate 5, which is located between the Netum Steed weight room and the first deck on the west side of Kyle Field. Visitors are reminded that camera or audio/video recorders are forbidden, and cell phones should be left in the car during the scrimmage.