COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M sophomore receiver Terrence McCoy admits his older brother had the better game in
A&M's win over Iowa State last weekend.
Jamie McCoy is a junior tight end for the Aggies.
But the debate begins when they're asked who's the better player
Jamie had seven catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns in
Saturday's 49-35 victory. He says Terrence has always been a step
slower than him in everything."
That gets a spirited denial from Terrence, who had a career-high
six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown against the Cyclones.
Jamie played quarterback at Lee High School in Midland and was
being groomed early on to play the position at A&M. He moved to
receiver before the 2006 Holiday Bowl, played five games at that
position last season and shifted to tight end this year. He's the
fourth-leading receiver with 28 catches for 357 yards and four
touchdowns for A&M (3-5, 1-3 Big 12) heading into Saturday's game
against Colorado (4-4, 1-3).
Terrence has always been a receiver and is the Aggies'
fifth-leading pass catcher, with 17 receptions for 181 yards and a
touchdown. He says his older brother often asks him for help on
running routes. Jamie, standing next to him, dismisses that with a
A&M coach Mike Sherman hopes the sibling rivalry is making both
of them better.
TAKE HOME A SACK: Texas A&M's defense tallied a season-high
four sacks in last Saturday's 49-35 win at Iowa State.
Generating a pass rush has been an issue for A&M all season, but
Sherman is hoping last week's performance was a sign of progress.
Texas A&M has only 11 sacks this season, second-lowest in the
Big 12 to Oklahoma State's nine. The Aggies have a chance to add to
their total this week - Colorado has allowed 20 sacks this season,
an average of 2.5 per game.
ON THE MOVE: Senior safety Alton Dixon has moved to linebacker
for the last two games and recorded 17 tackles.
Defensive coordinator Joe Kines says Dixon gives the Aggies a
better pass defender in the middle, but he's also proved capable at
helping on run defense.
KICK STARTER: For now, freshman Randy Bullock is the Aggies'
field-goal kicker. But Sherman says he'll watch Bullock and senior
Richie Bean at practice this week before deciding who will handle
kickoffs against Colorado.
Bullock is 4-for-4 on field goals since Bean strained his groin
in practice before the Kansas State game on Oct. 11. Bean won the
starting job in August practices, but has missed 3 of 4 field-goal
attempts this season.
Bullock has been handling kickoffs since Bean was hurt, but
Sherman said Bean has the better leg for the job. Sherman was
hoping Bean would be healthy enough to return this week.
EXTRA POINTS: Sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson has thrown
15 touchdown passes, four shy of the single-season school record
set by Gary Kubiak in 1982 and matched by Dustin Long in 2002. ...
Freshman Cyrus Gray has returned 31 kickoffs for 650 yards, both
single-season school records. ... Gray has 931 all-purpose yards
and can become the first A&M true freshman to reach 1,000 since
Dante Hall in 1996. ... A&M ranks last in the Big 12 in rushing
offense (112.8 yards per game) and rushing defense (203 yards per
QUOTABLE: "The hotter the water, the better the soup. That's
all I know." - defensive coordinator Joe Kines.