COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A year ago a spring game record 45,212 fans saw Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the Aggies in the Maroon and White game at Kyle Field. Fast forward a year and spring football goes out with a whisper.
Kyle Field under construction means the first of two springs without a Maroon and White game, but Texas A&M still got in about two hours of work, including a scrimmage, at the Coolidge Grass Practice Fields.
"For the offense it was kind of shaky," said Aggie senior offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. "The defense did a great job today, so that's good for them. We'll get there, but it was kind of shaky today. Hat's off to the defense, they played fast and hard."
Today's practice marked the final of 15 this spring, and, as a whole, the Aggies feel like they made progress. Defensive back Deshazor Everett said, "We definitely made improvement, but we have to keep making improvement. Keep understanding what coach wants us to do and where to fit on defenses. We've just got to get a better understanding of the game as a whole and we'll be pretty good this year." Ogbuehi added, "It went well. Young guys got a lot of reps. The three quarterbacks battled hard and overall it was a fun spring."
Many teams across the SEC and the nation wrapped up spring drills with a spring game today in front of fans, but with Kyle Field under construction the Aggies had to settle for just another practice and a chance to prepare for games on the road in 2014. Everett said, "I feel like the intensity was there, you know. As long as we are competing we don't need a fan base. We can't always count on the fans to be there for us. You know, we go on the road, far away, everyone's not gonna be there. We can't have everyone behind us. We gotta have our own intensity and our own swagger and that's what we had to do today."
The Aggies will report to fall camp some time in August leading up to their first game of the season August 28 at South Carolina.