COLLEGE STATION --- The Texas A&M football team ended the first week of fall camp with the first two-a-day practices of the season on Saturday.
“They were productive,” Aggie head coach Dennis Franchione said. “We went in full pads this morning and did a lot of team against each other. We came back in shorts and helmets in the evening and did some cleaning up and installation and some technique work. Both were productive workouts.”
Franchione was asked how his team looked after practicing for one week and seven practices.
“I’m excited about the week. We got a lot accomplished,” Franchione said. “The retention has been good. The conditioning has been good. The work has been good. The freshmen have been learning. I wish we could be further along, but that’s the coach in me. I really don’t have complaints. If someone had said last Sunday this is where we would be, I would have said ‘pretty good.’"
U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who served as Texas A&M President for four years, and his wife, Becky, received honorary doctoral degrees at Friday’s commencement ceremonies. While in College Station, Gates also received his Holiday Bowl ring from Franchione in a ceremony outside the Bright Complex.
The Aggies return to practice with a single evening workout on Monday. All practices are closed to the general public.