April 4, 2009

Aggies scrimmage at Kyle Field

Texas A&M returned to Kyle Field Saturday for its first scrimmage of the spring practice season that turned scoring upside down with Aggies' new scoring system for practices this spring. The defense immediately jumped out to a commanding lead and looked to be running away with things then it forced the A&M first-team offense to three consecutive three and outs.

But the offense would come back later and consistently whittled down the defense's lead until the final whistle when the score read 85-85. Even though the practice technically ended as a tie, A&M head coach Mike Sherman said he believed the defense won the day.

"I thought our defense did a nice job particularly early. I think they maintained their intensity throughout the practice. We just don't have the numbers along the offensive line and I think we were straggling on the front end and trying to protect the quarterback at times and creating running lanes," Sherman said. "We only have two running backs this spring so they're doing double duty, so they're getting worn down a little bit. But I thought the offense came back at the end a little bit and made some plays when we get down into the strike zone or the red zone, so that part was positive. But I have to give it to the defense today. I thought they did a better job consistently throughout the practice."

Two of the reasons why the defense had the upper hand for most of Saturday, and has been winning for most of the spring, are Jordan Pugh and Von Miller. Both players made changes in the offseason - Pugh to safety from cornerback and Miller to the new jack position from linebacker - and both have taken those changes and run.

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