COLLEGE STATION -- With media members accepting an invitation to watch practice, the Texas A&M football team treated them to a pair of spirited workouts on Tuesday.
“It was a teaching practice in the morning after the scrimmage (on Monday), trying to fix some mistakes and finish installation,” Aggie head coach Dennis Franchione said. “For the most part, we’re pretty much done with installation except for situations. We worked on two-point plays today, overtime, drain-the-clock. We worked on ‘May Day’ today in shorts, which was a good drill for us.
“In the afternoon, it was a much more lively, physical practice. I thought it was exceptionally physical and lively for having shoulder pads and shorts on. They got after it. I was pleased with that. In fact, I was ready for that part of it to be over. They had accomplished everything I had hoped they would at that point.”
Franchione was asked which members of his 2007 signing class have caught his eye and have a chance to contribute this season.
“I think Billy Chavis has caught everyone’s eye,” Franchione said. “Von Miller is certainly one. Derrick Stephens some; Roger Holland has certainly caught people’s attention. Those would be the first ones that come to mind. It’s too early to identify who will play and how much, but those are the guys that done some things early that people have taken notice of.”
Franchione was asked about the battle for the starting jobs at cornerback. Last season, Danny Gorrer and Jordan Peterson started together in 10 of 13 games.
“Our corners are reasonably interchangeable,” Franchione said. “Marquis (Carpenter), Arkeith (Brown) and (Johnathan) Batson are fighting hard with Danny and Jordan for the job right now. There is no ‘slam dunk’ at that position. That is probably about as competitive a position as there is on this team. It’s going to be competitive as we finish (fall camp) out. It will be a little while before we sort that out.”