August 7, 2008

First morning practice brings the heat

Summer school finals are over and the Texas A&M football is all about the gridiron for the rest of August camp, and the Aggies kicked it off with their first morning practice of training camp Thursday with a 7:30 a.m. date on the outdoor practice fields adjacent to Kyle Field.

It was a quick turnaround from Wednesday night's practice that ended near 9 p.m. and was classified as "sloppy" by head coach Mike Sherman. Thursday's morning practice was much more crisp from most standpoints.

"I thought they responded real well. We had meetings last night until about a quarter to 10 and got them some rest," Sherman said. "I came in at six and the parking lot was full. They were taped and ready to go pretty early this morning and we got on the field and got done what we needed to get done, so I was pleased with how they responded."

Dropped balls were still a problem at times as was the Texas heat that comes with morning practices. As practice continued the heat and humidity started to take its toll. It's something the Aggies are going to have to get used to with practices started at 7:30 a.m. the rest of the week.

"It was better. Still we dropped too many balls and we need to fix that," Sherman said. "It was hot out there and part of practice was being able to handle the adversity of a hot practice and we are going to play in some hot weather as you know so we can't worry about the heat as much as the next play. We have a ways to go there. We have a lot of young guys and they have to mature, but they took a step today."

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