September 22, 2009

A&M receivers must step up in Fuller's absence

Texas A&M might be 2-0 after a 38-30 win over Utah State, but the reverberations from the injury suffered by sophomore wide receiver Jeff Fuller in the win over the Aggies could prove to a be a negative focal point of the season.

Fuller turned into one of A&M's top playmakers as a true freshman and broke the school record in receiving touchdowns, and after a 111-yard, one-touchdown effort on 10 receptions against New Mexico in A&M's season opening 41-6 win, an assault on the A&M record books seemed to be on. But Fuller will now miss at least 4-6 weeks after cracking the fibula in his right leg against Utah State.

"Everybody heals at a different rate and we're going to do everything we can to get Jeff back as soon as possible," said A&M head coach Mike Sherman. "As been my attitude towards injuries, when one player gets hurt another one pops up and in our case we have some guys that are going to get an opportunity to step forward not only at that position but at some other positions. Other guys have to assume a greater responsibility and roles on offense and on defense and special teams while we work through the issue of losing Jeff. I never dwell on injuries. They're part of the game. You just have to move on to the next player and get him ready to go."

Finding a replacement for Fuller, however, might not be as difficult as one may seem. Unlike any year in A&M memory, the Aggies have a very deep pool of receivers to pull from to find another target for junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson in the passing game.

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