1st day Ag FB Spring Practice

Texas A&M starting quarterback Kellen Mond, center, practices with Conner Blumrick, right, and Zach Calzada during spring practice on March 20.

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The Texas A&M football team had a solid scrimmage Wednesday. The players were efficient, showed toughness, competitiveness and played with great physicality. Now the challenge is for them to repeat that during Friday’s Maroon & White Game at Kyle Field. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.

A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said he’s looking for “both sides to make plays when the other side is doing it right, not having busted assignments and things of that nature and be able to think in front of a crowd and perform.”

Fisher said both sides had their moments in Wednesday’s scrimmage, with the younger players able to perform with less input from the coaches, something he’s hopeful will continue Friday.

The game had been scheduled for Saturday afternoon but was moved because of the threat of inclement weather.

“You wanted to do it Saturday,” Fisher said. “We hated to change it, didn’t want to change it, but the weather is going to dictate it. And there’s a chance you were never going to get to do it all, so we had to go that way. Hopefully there will be some benefit from it.”

One of the team’s more interesting position battles will be at backup quarterback behind junior Kellen Mond. Fisher said sophomore Connor Blumrick “had a good, solid spring” while redshirt freshman James Foster and true freshman Zach Calzada got “more and more consistent” and he was pleased that they understood the process, even though the results weren’t there at times.

The play of the defensive line, which lost three starters, was been cited several times, but Fisher said Thursday the top six to eight players on the offensive line more than held their own.

“I thought [they] really did a great job running the football,” Fisher said. “They were physical. That group, in the second half of spring, I was very happy with them, too. So I think up front, in our battles, it got very competitive.”

Several wide receivers and a couple running backs will miss Friday’s game with nagging injuries.

“You hated it, because it stopped our development and timing,” said Fisher, adding the plus side was the younger guys who got more reps and in turn they improved.

The White Team won last year’s game 30-24 on a touchdown pass from Kellen Mond to Kendrick Rogers with 39 seconds left. Mond will be on the White Team again along with Foster and Colton Taylor. Blumrick and Calzada will be on the Maroon along with Alex Fernandes.

NOTES — Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. It will be broadcast live online on the SEC Network Plus and on the SEC Network alternate channel (where available). The radio broadcast will be on WTAW (1620 AM). ... The Legends Flag Football Game will be at halftime. Former Bryan all-state running back Curtis Dickey will be playing for Team Pickard.

This article originally ran on theeagle.com.


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