October 21, 2008

Aggies trying to kick start run game

Texas A&M was widely thought of as having one of the top running back corps in the Big 12 conference heading into the 2008 season, so why are the Aggies ranked dead last in the Big 12 in rushing and No. 100 in the nation?

With the Aggies averaging just 110.57 yards on the ground per game this season and managing only 20 yards rushing against Texas Tech Saturday, the answers don't lie primarily with the running backs. Instead, those answers come from a multitude of directions.

But the main culprit is an offensive line that has more holes than a miniature golf course. The Aggies were only eight deep in scholarship players in the spring, with only two having any starting experience at all. The one with the most, senior tackle Travis Schneider has been laid up with a sprained ankle.

He's joined in the trainer's room by the only other true tackle that isn't a true freshman on scholarship, Robbie Frost who is out due to a concussion suffered last week in practice. The injuries has forced A&M to move Lee Grimes to tackle from guard.

The only problem with that is that Grimes is walking Operation game board with injuries to his left knee, right ankle, left toe and both shoulders on top of arthritis in his knee and ankle from previous injuries and surgeries.

"With the offensive line it's just an unfortunate situation. We have a lot of guys fighting with different things that the general eye of the public doesn't know about," said A&M sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson. "They're big, strong guys that probably don't want people to know that they're hurting. It's tough for us and we have to find a way to overcome it, but we definitely need to find a way to run the ball."

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