COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M sophomore quarterback
Jerrod Johnson and leading receivers Jeff Fuller and Ryan Tannehill
would make a pretty formidable 3-man basketball team.
Johnson is 6-foot-5, and Fuller and Tannehill are both 6-4. The
receivers' heights give them an edge on the football field, too.
Johnson's completed 63 percent of his passes this season.
Tannehill leads the Aggies with 44 catches for 663 yards. Fuller is
right behind him with 42 catches for 535 yards and he leads the
team with seven touchdown catches.
The Aggies (4-5, 2-3 Big 12) play sixth-ranked Oklahoma (8-1,
4-1) at Kyle Field on Saturday, and Fuller and Tannehill are taller
than every player listed on Oklahoma's secondary depth chart. But
they're not unique in the Big 12. Ten of the league's top 12
receivers are at least six feet tall.
EMOTIONAL BURN: A&M Coach Mike Sherman dusted off a Bunsen
burner to make a point in a team meeting.
He told the Aggies "that at 212 degrees, water boils. At 210
degrees, it doesn't." He says moving a train, an old steam car, a
steamboat could be a matter of just a couple of degrees.
Sherman says that's like players in a locker room. He says,
"You just need a couple of guys that can be those degrees and move
you forward, that can be the catalysts that make a difference
between a locker room being just OK and a locker room being
Sherman says he's encouraged by the Aggies' increased passion in
recent weeks. They played well against No. 2 Texas Tech for a half
and have won two in a row for the first time this season.
GOODSON UPDATE: Junior running back Mike Goodson worked out in
pads but was limited in practice this week.
The 6-foot, 196-pound Goodson is A&M's leading rusher. He sat
out the last two games with a sprained left knee. Sherman said
Goodson ran on Sunday and Monday to test the injury.
Freshman Cyrus Gray is Goodson's backup and ran 11 times for 80
yards, including a 54-yard scamper, in Saturday's 24-17 win over
EXTRA POINTS: Oklahoma has won five straight and eight of the
last nine meetings with A&M. ... The Aggies are 2-4 at Kyle Field
this season. They have never lost five home games in a single
season. ... Johnson has thrown 18 touchdown passes and needs two
more to set a single-season school record. ... Johnson and senior
Stephen McGee have completed 64 percent of their passes this season
(190 for 296). ... The Aggies have won 18 of their last 22 games in
which they win the turnover margin. Two of the losses came against
Oklahoma, in 2005 and 2006. ... Justin Brantly is averaging 44.4
yards per punt this season, third in the nation.
QUOTABLE: "I'm not good at remembering names of movies and I
don't watch too much TV. I live a pretty boring life." - Sherman,
when asked to name his favorite movie.