April 17, 2009

Friday practice tight until defense pitches late shutout

The expectation of severe weather in College Station moved Texas A&M into the indoor practice facility for Friday morning's practice, the last before Saturday's annual Maroon & White game. Despite playing without pads like the Aggies have done on most mornings during the spring, the defense was able to regain control and won, 68-46, after losing to the offense on Thursday.

The day of practice was tight throughout the morning session, but the defense shut out the offense in the 11-on-11 red zone drills that finished the practice. Both the first- and second-team offenses were 0-6 in the drill. Cornerbacks Terrence Frederick and Justin McQueen, along with safeties Trent Hunter, Jordan Pugh and Chevar Bryson made solid plays during the red zone drill to force the goose egg upon the offense and earn the defense the practice win.

Earlier in the practice the Aggies began with 7-on-7 drills in which the first-team offense scored four touchdowns in six plays, scoring three consecutive touchdowns on the first three plays of the drill. The first and fourth were to receiver Jeff Fuller while quarterback Jerrod Johnson hit tight end Jamie McCoy for the other two.

Fuller's second touchdown in the drill was the most spectacular of the day as he out-jumped McQueen in the corner of the end zone to pull the ball down over the outstretched hands of McQueen who had great coverage on the play.

But for much of the morning, the Aggie receivers weren't always in the right place and drew the ire of offensive coordinator/receivers coach Nolan Cromwell who rivaled normally vocal defensive coordinator Joe Kines as the loudest coach on the field.

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