Aggies Put On Shoulder Pads For First Time

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COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M football team put on the shoulder pads for the first time this fall camp on Wednesday.

The addition of the shoulder pads brought the return of the popular "Aggie Drill", which sets the tone for the workout.

"It was the first day in pads, and, all in all, it was pretty crisp," Aggie head coach Dennis Franchione said. "We had our one-on-one drill we call 'Aggie Drill' and it was very spirited and very good. There were a lot of good hits. I thought (senior) Misi Tupe had a great one and I thought (true freshman) Billy Chavis had a great one. It was (Chavis') first time in the drill and he stuffed the blocker, tackled the runner and forced a fumble. That's pretty impressive for a first-time guy in that drill."

Franchione was pleased with the sharpness displayed by his team, especially considering it was the first day in shoulder pads and the third practice of fall camp.

"It was probably more of a productive day for the third day and first day in pads than you might anticipate," Franchione said. "It went more like it was the fifth or sixth day of spring practice rather than the third day of fall practice."

The Aggies will have a morning practice in shorts and shells on Thursday. All practices are closed to the general public.