The quarterback race is still "neck and neck" as Texas A&M begins two-a-day practices today in College Station. The Aggies practiced in full pads for the first time Friday, and coach Mike Sherman said after the two-hour workout that he wasn't ready to name a starter between senior Stephen McGee and sophomore Jerrod Johnson.
"We're getting closer," said Sherman, who has said he expects to name a starting quarterback within the first 10 days of fall camp. "Both guys are competing real well. I don't see any need to [name a starter] right now. ... It's a great competition. [Freshman] Tommy Dorman did some nice things today. [Ryan] Tannehill did some nice things. Why close the door on competition? That's not me. I want them to keep competing. We'll never close the door on competition. I’ll be week-in and week-out.”
Sherman called Friday's workout "one of our best practices." One of the highlights was the appearance of freshman tight end K.J. Williams of Norman, Okla., who practiced for the first time because his paperwork was not turned in to school compliance officials. The tight end position is one area where the Aggies are looking for help from young players.
“I worked with him a little bit in individual period, and he has some natural blocking skill and technique,” Sherman said of Williams. “He’s been taught well. I was pretty impressed with his footwork and hands.”
-- Lori Dann