August 7, 2007

Aggies looking for go-to receiver this August

It's no secret that Texas A&M will have a high-powered offense, especially on the ground with a stacked offensive line and running backs Mike Goodson and Jorvorskie Lane in the backfield. The question, however, is what will A&M have at receiver?

The Aggies lost top receiver Chad Schroeder as well as L'Tydrick Riley following the 2006 season, and now A&M is looking at a group if younger receivers led by returning starter Earvin Taylor.

But outside of Taylor, who has the big game experience needed to lead a Big 12 conference receiving corps?

At A&M's first day of practice in helmets and shorts Monday, Franchione mentioned two players early as players that looked good their first day out on the practice turf.

"I thought two guys lost some weight over the summer that caught my eye, and they were Howard Morrow and Pierre Brown," Franchione said. "I thought both Howard and Pierre looked quicker out there with the loss of weight."

Fran, however, doesn't have a proven go-to receiver like the rest of Big 12 South. Oklahoma State has Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma has Malcolm Kelly, Texas has Limas Sweed and Texas Tech will find whomever in the Raiders pass-happy system.

Taylor, A&M's senior citizen amongst the group as a fifth-year senior, has 21 starts under his belt, but had 19 catches for just 160 yards last season. Is he the answer A&M is looking for, or is it someone else?

Is it even any one receiver at all?

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