August 10, 2008

A&M practices in 100-plus degrees Sunday

Texas A&M had just one practice on the practice fields Sunday, but it was in full pads in the middle of the afternoon on the outside practice fields. With temperatures peaking over 100 degrees, things were hot and muggy.

It's no surprise then that the Aggies didn't have their best day of practice this August in the sweltering heat, but it wasn't that bad either. After three practices on Friday and Saturday that were classified as very good by head coach Mike Sherman, the Aggies dropped a little in production on Sunday. With the heat, however, that was probably expected.

At least that would explain Sherman's joking mood after practice when he gave reporter's a hard time for not having anything better to do on a Sunday afternoon than go out and watch practice.

"We did some good things and some not good things. On offense we ran the ball well and we didn't throw and catch well. On defense we didn't defend the run well and we defended the pass well. That inconsistency concerns me," Sherman said. "I wanted to practice outside as my strength and conditioning coach says radiant heat where it's bright and sunny and tough and have these guys understand that we might play in this weather against Army at 11 o'clock in the afternoon, or morning I should say, or Arkansas State in a very hot game. They should be able to handle this part of it and I don't know if we handled it real well today. At times we did, but overall I don't know if we did in different phases of the game."

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