April 11, 2007

Short practice Tuesday

With the end of spring football quickly approaching at Texas A&M, the Aggies had a shorter than usual practice on Tuesday afternoon. While most of the other practices have involved various individual position drills, coach Dennis Franchione and staff spent almost the entire day running plays with the full offense against the full defense.

The offense ran a variety of plays, including everything from the option to the deep pass. While the quarterbacks are off limits for contact, the top three at the position all looked comfortable running the ball as well as reading the defenders before deciding to pitch the ball.

In the passing game, Stephen McGee has improved tremendously with his ability to read defenses and check off to his second or third receivers. This is something that obviously comes with experience. Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill are still learning to do this but, at times, both have shown very good accuracy and arm strength.

For the first time this spring, however, the defense was able to do a very good job stopping the offense's rushing attack. Since this may be the best running game that the A&M defenders see this upcoming season, it comes as a good sign that the front six are starting to come around.

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