April 7, 2008

A&M hits halfway point in spring drills

Texas A&M is halfway through spring drills and took the weekend off before getting back to the practice fields Tuesday. With four days off between practices, it'll be interesting to see if the Aggies hit the field with the same intensity they showed Thursday in a scrimmage.

The Aggies have been picking up head coach Mike Sherman's offense rather quickly, while the defense has done a good job picking up defensive coordinator Joe Kines' 4-3/3-3-5 hybrid defense. It's apparent that the A&M coaching staff is phenomenal as the Aggies are getting things much quicker and look to be becoming better players in the process with increased tutorials from the coaching staff.

The overwhelming problem that has been apparent this spring is A&M's lack of depth. The first-team offense and defense are solid, but after that it's pretty bare. The only three positions where the Aggies should feel very comfortable should a rash of injuries take place are at quarterback, running back and defensive end. Anywhere else is extremely thin. For instance, there are just eight scholarship offensive linemen on the roster right now.

That means that a high number of freshmen in the class of 2008 will most likely be in the rotations at difference position this fall, but that will remain to be seen until they get on campus this summer.

Still, however, there have been a number of individuals that have stepped forward over the first half of the spring.

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