COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- The Texas A&M football team was back to the two-a-day practice grind after Monday’s scrimmage with a pair of workouts on Tuesday.
Another preseason ranking arrived with the Aggies being ranked No. 10 in the Sports Illustrated college football preview issue that hits the newsstands on Wednesday. Also of note in the publication is Texas A&M’s game day experience being rated No. 1 in the country and the Aggies’ tradition being ranked No. 3.
Of Texas A&M’s game day experience, SI wrote: “WhIle no campus is more friendly (the school’s official greeting is Howdy, for gosh sake), few venues are more hostile to opponents than the maroon bowl of Kyle Field, where the eardrums of visiting players are under constant assault from the Aggies’ 12th Man—the nation’s best-drilled student body. Standing throughout the game, responding to hand signals from five yell leaders, A&M fans shout such intimidating—and perplexing—phrases as ‘Hullabaloo Caneck Caneck!’ and ‘Chig-gar-roo-gar-rem, Rough! Tough! Real stuff! Texas A&M!’
“The Aggies aren’t always so martial. When the lights go down at Midnight Yell, students with dates steal kisses, or ‘mug down’ in Aggie parlance. Just as Midnight Yell is better when you have a date, A&M’s grand traditions are grander still when the team is up, as it should be in 2011. The Aggies may be back, but the 12th Man never left, never so much as took a seat.”
After the afternoon workout, senior cornerback Terrence Frederick was asked about the development of the Aggies’ newcomers at defensive back.
“The young guys are really competing and trying to learn the defense,” Frederick said. “Floyd Raven is definitely stepping up and trying to learn the defense. Also, Howard (Matthews) at safety is really doing well. Once they learn the scheme, it will get easier for them. We’re teaching them and they’re learning it, and the quicker they learn the quicker they will get on the field.”
Junior wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu was asked about the “Most Improved Award” he received after spring drills at the annual Aggie Football Banquet.
“It was huge for me. I don’t really think I can put it into words,” said Nwachukwu, who has caught 76 passes for 1,115 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first two seasons. “This team means so much to me. Hearing that from Coach Sherman and knowing how hard I worked, meant a lot to me. I really appreciated it.”
The Aggies return to the practice field on Wednesday with a single practice at 8:25 am on the Coolidge Grass Practice Fields.
· PRACTICES TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
· Practices inside the McFerrin Indoor facility are closed to the public due to fire codes.
· Practices are open to players’ families, lettermen, current students, former students, faculty and staff with TAMU ID and 12th Man Foundation members.
· No cameras, cell phones or note pads allowed.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17
8:25 – 10:45 am - Practice #11
THURSDAY, Aug. 18
8:25 – 10:45 am - Practice #12
4 – 5:15 pm - Practice #13 (McFerrin Indoor Facility)
FRIDAY, Aug. 19
7:30 – 9:45 am - Practice #14
SATURDAY, Aug. 20
6:35 – 8:30 pm - Practice #15 (Kyle Field)
SUNDAY, Aug. 21
Possible day off from practices.
MONDAY, Aug. 22
7:30 – 9:45 am - Practice #16
TUESDAY, Aug. 23
7:30 – 9:45 am - Practice #17
4 – 5:15 pm - Practice #18 (McFerrin Indoor Facility)
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24
4:05 pm - Practice #19—NO MEDIA ALLOWED
“Countdown to Kickoff Dinner”
THURSDAY, Aug. 25
8:25 – 10:45 am - Practice #20
FRIDAY, Aug. 26
8:25 – 10:45 am - Practice #21