COLLEGE STATION – Most football interest has focused on Indianapolis and the NFL Scouting Combine. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisherman wishes the nine Aggies good luck, but he’s focused on spring football.
the Aggies back to practice Monday for a week before spring break. Fisher said that although the schedule seems unorthodox, the team did not want to have its annual Maroon and White game on Easter weekend.
“We’re not waiting until the end of March to go to April,” Fisher said Thursday. “I didn’t want to wait that long and start this process.”
A&M will enter the spring ball without its starting center Bryce Foster due to conflicting schedules. Foster is a member of the shot put track and field team and will only be working on his shot over the next month. Running back Devon Achane, a sprinter for the Aggies, will work in both sports but will not go through contact drills.
Fisher has listed 11 players who will not be available for training due to injury or other issues. These include tight end Eli Stowers, receivers Caleb Chapman and Hezekiah Jones, defensive backs Brian George, Deuce Harmon, Jaylon Jones and Marquis Groves-Killebrew, and defensive linemen Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, Donell Harris, McKinley Jackson and Adarious Jones.
Brownlow-Dindy, an early registrant, suffered a knee injury in the Under Armor game in January but is expected to be back for summer training. He is expected to fight for starting reps on the defensive line after the departures of DeMarvin Leal, Jayden Peevy, Micheal Clemons and Tyree Johnson.
“I can’t wait to get these guys replaced,” Fisher said. “They still have to go out there and grab it all, but the capability is definitely there.”
Focus will be on the quarterback position following the transfer of replacement starter Zach Calzada in 2021. Returning as a sophomore Haynes King is a heavy favorite to win the job, but Fisher is yet to hand him the QB1 title.
The two LSU transfers Max Johnson and first registered Conner Weigman to have apprehended the infraction in a timely manner during the study of the film. Fisher said he was looking for “tremendous competition” and believes the trio will do their best to outdo each other in practice.
“You want training to be your biggest competition,” Fisher said. “Every day you have to know that you have to train to make sure you get a job. That’s where your team improves.”
Regardless of who walks away with the starting position, the Aggies need better production from their receivers. A&M slots wide receiver Ainias Smith is set to return for his senior season, but A&M needs a capable No. 2 target as well as a solid tight end option to replace Jalen Wydermyer.
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Fisher said he was pleased with the growth of receivers Moose Muhammad, Devin Price, Kenyon Jackson and Yulkeith Brown. Freshman Evan Stewart, the No. 12 ranked SI99 prospect, also came on as advertised with his speed and natural hands.
“Stewart has been superb in our off-season training,” Fisher said. “I can’t wait to see where it goes.”
A&M’s annual spring game is April 9 at 1 p.m. at Kyle Field.
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