October 5, 2007

Schneider ready to step into starting role

Heading into the season the offensive line at Texas A&M received all kinds of accolades from preseason publications, TV analysts and writers across the state of Texas. Four seniors returned with junior Yemi Babalola coming back as well, and together the five of them had 135 starts before stepping on the field this season.

One guy that often is overlooked, however, is junior tackle Travis Schenider. Schneider started for the majority of the 2006 season as he started nine games while Babalola nursed an injury that eventually forced him to the sideline for the season.

With Babalola presently nursing another injury, the offensive line's unsung hero has stepped in once again, earning a start against Baylor last weekend. He'll most likely be counted on as the starter and take the majority of snaps once again this week against Oklahoma State.

Compared to last year, the 6-foot-8, 303-pound Schneider is much more comfortable with the starting role.

"Last year I was kind of nervous because it was my first year I got to start, and now I still get pumped up and get excited. I'm always nervous before the first play on a Saturday, but it's just like kind of a regular deal for me," Schneider said. "I don't know if (Babalola is) going to be ready to go one week to the next, and if he's not ready to go I have to step up and play."

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