August 5, 2008

Aggies head indoors, freshmen impress on day two

Rain showers from Tropical Depression Edouard hit College Station throughout the day Tuesday, forcing Texas A&M to move inside the McFerrin Athletic Facility for its second day of practice. The move gave the Aggies less space to work, which forced A&M to do more team drills.

With rain pounding down throughout the afternoon, head coach Mike Sherman made the call during afternoon meetings to move practice indoors. At 7 p.m. when practice started, the rain had passed and just a slight drizzle stayed, but Sherman decided to stay indoors and not disrupt the schedule.

"We probably should've gone outside. I don't know how it turned out when you guys came in, but we had planned to go inside," Sherman said. "When I looked outside when we were in the meeting rooms it looked pretty torrential so I said we'd go inside. Instead of changing the schedule I just kept it the same."

With the smaller space, the indoor facility has one full length field where the outdoor practice fields consists of two full length fields, Tuesday's practice schedule changed. Sherman said that the Aggies have two different plans for practice depending on if they're outdoors or inside.

"The weather report had possible storms today so we came inside. It was a little more congested. We were plan A and plan B and plan was on the inside," Sherman said. "We probably did a little more team and a little less individual work when we came inside, so that was part of what was different than yesterday. We got them off the field early because they all have final exams tomorrow and we wanted to give them a little extra time. Hopefully they'll be studying."

In the past, A&M wouldn't have had the choice since the indoor facility is just a year old. Sherman didn't have the luxury when he last coached in College Station, and he's grateful for the opportunity to have it now.

"It's great to have a facility like this with lightning, thunderstorms, bad field conditions," Sherman said. "It's great for players' safety because you don't have to practice in conditions that are less than acceptable."

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