Aggie Football Team Answers Fran's Challenge

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COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M football team responded to head coach Dennis Franchione’s Wednesday night challenge and had its sharpest workout of the 2007 fall camp on Thursday morning.

Franchione was effusive in his praise of the Aggies, who completed the fourth practice of fall camp today.

“I challenged them last night in our team meeting that (Thursday’s morning practice) would be a test for them to see how they would bounce back,” Franchione said. “I would give them an ‘A’ for the way they did today. They came out and did a great job. They put it on their shoulders. The older guys did a good job of leading and the young guys followed their leaders.”

With Texas A&M’s second summer semester ending on Wednesday, the Aggies were able to practice in the morning for the first time on Thursday.

“It was an awesome practice,” Franchione continued, “especially in light of the fact that we practiced yesterday in the early evening and had to turn it around quickly. That can be a physical challenge when you practice pretty hard in both of them like we did with pads on. The guys did a great job. It was an outstanding practice. I was pleased with the effort and enthusiasm.”

Watching the practice from the sidelines was Texas governor Rick Perry, who graduated from Texas A&M in 1972.

“It’s always nice to have the leader of our state here to visit with the guys,” Franchione said. “It’s great for our guys to meet Gov. Perry.”