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January 21, 2010

Honeycutt realizing lifelong dream

Author's Note: This interview originally took place on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Dickinson, Texas quarterback Clay Honeycutt had always dreamed of this moment. The son of former Texas A&M letterman Lynn "Dooner" Honeycutt, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound passer is now taking his own place on the Aggie team.

Along with fellow quarterbacks Matt Joeckel and Jameill Showers and offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, Honeycutt is officially an Aggie. He graduated early from high school and officially began classes on Tuesday.

"Jameill, the Joeckels and I are already up here," Honeycutt said on Sunday evening. "I'm actually hanging out with Sean (Porter) right now. We're just hanging out, watching the game and stuff.

"We all moved in on Thursday of last week. We had our new student conferences and everything. It's just sort of surreal. I'm finally a Texas A&M football player. This is a moment that I've thought about my whole life."

Despite being younger than the rest of their teammates, Honeycutt says he and his fellow early enrollees are already fitting in with other member of the program.

"It feels like we're a part of the team already," he said. "The players are all really cool and really welcoming. We're just kind of getting to know each other. I just can't wait until offseason starts."

Prior to beginning classes, NCAA rules prohibited the four from taking part in any official team activities. However, they still have had a chance to see the coaches on occasion.

"We've talked to them and everything, but we haven't had any meetings yet," Honeycutt said. "We haven't had any one-on-one meetings. We really can't do anything until school starts. Once we're officially enrolled, we can kind of do whatever but, until then, we can't really do much."

With three of the four roommates all playing quarterback, it would seem only nature that there would be some good-natured banter among the trio. However, Honeycutt says that is not yet the case.

"No, we don't trash talk or anything," he said. "We're all kind of relaxed and chill about it. I'm sure there's going to be that friendly competition once we get into workouts and stuff. We haven't even seen what everybody can do yet, but I'm sure there will be a little more talk once workouts start."

While it does not directly affect him, Honeycutt says he and the rest of the team are aware of the coaching changes on the defensive side of the ball in Aggieland.

"Nobody is really talking too much about it," he said. "I know that Buddy Wyatt went to Kansas and coach (Joe) Kines retired, but that's really all anybody knows.

"It doesn't seem to have affected anyone. Sean Porter was saying that it's going to be a little bit of a tough change with a new coach, but that happens. We've just kind of got to move on."


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