August 15, 2007

A&M O-line going out as brothers

In 2003, the Texas A&M football program was going through a lot of changes. Long time head coach R.C. Slocum wasn't coming back after a 6-6 campaign and new head man Dennis Franchione had come to Aggieland with high hopes.

Franchione's first season didn't go as planned, however, with the Aggies suffering a 4-8 season, but waiting in the wings was arguably the most important piece to the rebuilding puzzle in College Station. Prior to that season, Franchione made his mark with his first recruiting class, and within that class was one of the best offensive line classes ever signed at A&M.

Little did anyone know just how great of a class it would be five years later as Corey Clark, Cody Wallace, Kirk Elder and Chris Yoder prepare for their senior campaigns as the best returning offensive line in the Big 12 conference, and arguably the nation, along with junior tackle Yemi Babalola.

"Just because you come into college together doesn't mean that you're going to leave college together because guys flunk out, guys transfer, guys get in trouble somehow, so this has never happened before," Elder said.

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