April 6, 2007

A&M scrimmages before Easter break

With three weeks of spring practice under their belts, the Texas A&M football team went through their second scrimmage in less than a week on Thursday afternoon. While last Saturday's scrimmage was mostly situational play calling, the tempo Thursday was decidedly different as the offense and the defense played as if it were a regular game.

The offense started out with a bang as quarterback Stephen McGee hit receiver Kerry Franks in stride for an 80-yard touchdown pass. McGee looked comfortable throwing the ball deep, which is what many Aggie fans want to hear.

Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill also both saw repetitions at quarterback and, though they both showed signs of promising things to come, they also both showed signs of relative inexperience at times. Both tended to tuck the ball a bit early, but that's something that can only be rectified with more practice.

In the backfield, the tailback tandem of Mike Goodson and Jorvorskie Lane as well as fullback Chris Alexander got a bit of a rest with all three seeing limited action. This gave the less experienced ball carriers an opportunity to show what they were capable of. A couple of players took advantage of their chance to shine.

While Cornell Tarrant has been the talk of spring practice, it was another back who was the most productive runner on Thursday. Latrael Cooper showed flashed of what made him perhaps one of the country's top high school prospects before an ACL tear during his junior year at Cuero.

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