September 4, 2007

A&M Hot 12

Texas A&M gave up the first point Saturday to Montana State, but the Aggies scored 38 straight unanswered points to roll the Bobcats 38-7 at Kyle Field. In the win some Aggies made their presence known and some showed what could become very good individual seasons.

Below is the first installment of the Hot 12:


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Mark Dodge
Dodge started his senior season where he left off at the end of last season as the best tackler on the field for A&M, and quite possibly the best defender on the field in the whole game Saturday against Montana State. He had 14 tackles and was one of the main reasons the Bobcats didn't get 100 yards rushing despite 37 carries.
Matt Szymanski
Kickers aren't usually high on this list unless they hit a game-winning field goal or something of that nature, but after last season's kicking woes Szymanski's performance Saturday is worthy of note. He hit his only field goal attempt, a 34-yarder, with ease. The new kickoff rule of kicking at the 30-yard line, five yards farther back from last season, didn't affect him much as he kicked two touchbacks on seven kickoffs and had all of them land inside the five-yard line. Montana State averaged a start on the 17-yard line, and on the one kickoff they returns, against the 12th Man kickoff team, Szymanski made a great tackle.
Kerry Franks
Franks didn't make a dent in the passing game with zero receptions, but his kickoff returns picked up right where he left off in 2006. On two returns, Franks averaged 41 yards with a 44-yard return and a 38-yard return. With the new kickoff rule, Franks is going to get a lot more chances to return kickoffs, and his talent is going to give the Aggie offense much better field position throughout the season.