Aggie Wraps Up August Camp

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COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M football team worked once Thursday morning and when the team came off of the McFerrin Athletic Center there was a bounce in their step.

“This was really the final day of fall camp,” Aggie Head Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We will turn our attention more toward Montana State. It was a hot and humid, grinder-type of practice today.”

After the morning practice, the Aggies went into the mock weekend mode.

“Our afternoon workout (Thursday) will be like a Friday workout before the game,” Coach Fran said. “On Friday will be like game day with meetings and going through everything we will do a week from now on Saturday, Sept. 1.”

The Aggies will take Saturday off before returning to the practice field on Sunday as part of game week preparations. Due to NCAA rules, the squad will have one day off a week and usually that day is Monday. Monday (Aug. 27) is also the first day of classes at Texas A&M.

Coach Fran mentioned he is pleased with the consistency of sophomore placekicker Matt Szymanski.

In discussing the balance of the Aggie offense, Coach Fran commented about the multiple options the offensive coaches have in place.

“The offensive coaches have done a good job of identifying who are playmakers and devising ways to get them the ball,” Coach Fran said.

When asked about the two tight ends, senior Joey Thomas from Austin and junior Martellus Bennett from Alief, Coach Fran responded the team may be in more two tight end sets than in some years because of the flexibility of those players.

Coach Fran also mentioned defensive back Billy Chavis from Beaumont West Brook, and wide receiver Roger Holland from Cy Falls as two true freshmen who will probably see playing time this fall.

The Aggies open the 2007 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Montana State at Kyle Field. Kick is scheduled for 6 p.m. For ticket and other information go to