March 29, 2007

Lines get after it on practice fields

Tuesday Texas A&M hit the practice fields again on a beautiful day, which was much different than the stormy show from Monday that forced the Aggies to head indoors. Practices are starting heat up as players are bringing the hits and shaking the rust off from the off-season.

The linemen are definitely starting to get into it. With practices in full pads the lines are getting at each other in every drill.

On the defensive side of the ball sophomore Kellen Heard is standing out. Heard is once of the most improved players since he stepped on campus two seasons ago. At one point he seemed to be a player that would never see a snap of college football, but Heard dropped the weight and is now one of the top tackles on the team.

Heard brings a load of brute force every time he bull rushes the offensive line, and he has surprising quickness. Right now, Heard looks like the starter next to Red Bryant.

With Bryant and defensive end Chris Harrington sitting out for the spring due to injury, it's left a the door open for a number of players to step up. At defensive end Amos Gbunblee is looking like a player that will push for more playing time. The converted tight end has great quickness off the end, and is the most physically imposing player along the defensive line.

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