TEXAS A&M FOCUSES ON LSUFollowing a physical couple weeks of practices, the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies wore shirts and shorts without pads during through their two-hour practice Monday at Cowboys Stadium. The Aggies are adhering to their regular game-week routine in preparation for their game against the No. 11 LSU Tigers for the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday at Cowboys Stadium.
“We hit them pretty good in College Station and we had a good practice yesterday with pads on,” Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman said. “We just want to keep everyone fresh for the football game. We’ve done our share of hitting so it’s time to back off the pads a little bit. They’re very focused, very business-like in their approach to the game, so I’m pleased.”
For a second straight day, Texas A&M piped in sound to prepare for the sold-out AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Sherman is using the extra noise, along with a couple other tactics, to prepare for the Aggies’ first game since a Thanksgiving night win over the Texas Longhorns.
“I was very pleased with how practice went,” Sherman said. “There are some things we still have to iron out even at this late date. It’s been such a long time since we’ve played a game so we try to put ourselves in as many situations as we possibly can. The officials coming out today has helped us a little bit in trying to help us identify us with issues that might come up in a ballgame.”
The Aggies concentrated on special teams and the passing game, while mixing in several scrimmage situations as well.
Texas A&M conducted a news conference that featured several offensive players and passing game coordinator Tom Rossley at the Omni Mandalay Hotel.
Sunday night, Texas A&M enjoyed a night of bowling. K Ross Gilliam and QB Jerrod Johnson were two of the team’s stronger bowlers, with Gilliam edging Johnson in a head-to-head battle later in the evening.
The Aggies return to the practice field Tuesday morning at 9:45 at Cowboys Stadium. The first 15 minutes are open to the media. Players and coaches will be made available after practice if requested to the Texas A&M staff. The defensive players will take center stage at the Omni Mandalay Hotel on Tuesday when they, along with defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, are featured at the 12:30 p.m. news conference.
The 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 7:27 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the 13th consecutive year, FOX will televise the Classic.