Aggies Get Fresh Start In Big 12 Play

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The moniker fits Texas A&M freshman safety Trent Hunter perfectly.
Junior linebacker Matt Featherston calls Hunter -- a "head
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Hunter made 17 tackles in his first
college start against Army and was named the Big 12 defensive
player of the week.
Hunter started in place of the injured Jordan Peterson.
Coach Mike Sherman says Hunter was one of a handful of players
he recruited after replacing Dennis Franchione last November.
The former Katy High School standout will get a stiffer
challenge this week.
The Black Knights attempted only five passes, and the Aggies
(2-2) open conference play Saturday against Number 21 Oklahoma
State (4-0), one of the nation's highest scoring teams, averaging
52 points per game.
TRULY OFFENSIVE:-- The Aggies rank last in the Big 12 in scoring
offense (21.5 points per game), rushing (111 yards per game), pass
offense (186.5 ypg) and drives inside the red zone (8).
Coach Mike Sherman says the woes start with the offensive line,
which had just one returning starter this season. The Aggies lead
the league in sacks allowed (11).
On paper, A&M's strong suit on offense before the season started
was the running game, with junior Mike Goodson leading a talented
stable of backs.
But the Aggies don't have a running back among the league's top
12 and Goodson leads the team with an anemic 55 rushing yards per
Sherman says senior tackle Travis Schneider should be back this
week after sitting out the Army game with an ankle injury.
SHOULDERING THE LOAD:-- Sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson says his shoulder should be fully healed by Saturday.
Johnson first sprained his throwing shoulder in A&M's 41-23 loss
to Miami, then aggravated it after taking a hit in last week's game
against Army.
Johnson didn't throw at all before last week's game, but was
pressed into service when senior Stephen McGee re-injured his
throwing shoulder. Johnson went 6-for-10 for 53 yards and a
touchdown against Army.
Sherman was leaning toward starting Johnson against Oklahoma
State. Though Johnson has taken more snaps than McGee this season,
his only start came against Miami.
EXTRA POINTS: The Aggies have nine straight games and 17 of
their last 20 in which they win the turnover margin. ... The Big 12
announced that the Aggies' October 11 conference home opener
against Kansas State will not be televised. The game will kick off
at 1 p.m. ... Goodson is one catch from tying Larry Stegent for
second place on the school's all-time list for receptions by a
running back. Stegent caught 71 passes from 1967-69. Keith Woodside
is A&M's career receptions leader for a running back, catching 110
passes between 1983-87. ... Justin Brantly leads the Big 12 and
ranks fifth nationally with a 45.6-yard punting average.
QUOTABLE: "It's a major emphasis for both our lives right now,
yes." - Sherman, on whether he's still pressuring Jorvorskie Lane
to control his weight.

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