April 18, 2010

A&M quarterbacks perform well at spring game

Saturday's Maroon and White spring game was Mike Sherman's third as head coach of Texas A&M. He is easily fielding the strongest team he has had during his tenure. The game was controlled early by the offense while Jerrod Johnson held the reins to A&M's high tempo attack. Although the defense bounced back in the second half, the offense held them off with a last-minute touchdown to win the intrasquad scrimmage.

In front of a crowd of 15,000 at Kyle Field, Johnson drove the field on the opening drive against the first-team defense for a touchdown. Despite being handcuffed while continuing to recover from shoulder surgery, Johnson completed 5 of his 6 attempts on the drive, racking up 54 passing yards.

"I didn't have as much on (the ball) as I would like to," Johnson said. "I threw a lot of (passes) off just straight timing. Our offense is pretty well-versed. We get our tempo going and it is just a matter of everyone seeing the same thing and it went pretty well. I'm excited to see where it is going to go."

Johnson controlled the pace of the game to perfection as the team gained early rhythm. The hurry-up offense, which was new to A&M in 2009, will be even more difficult for defenses to handle in 2010 with the increased comfort level of Johnson and company.

"I thought when Jerrod Johnson was out there, and (Ryan Tannehill), we had a great tempo on offense," Sherman said. "(We) moved the ball. We were snapping the ball about every 15 to 17 seconds. It put a lot of pressure on the defense because it was faster than we have practiced."

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