September 10, 2008

Fuller showing early signs of bright future

A year ago this month Texas A&M receiver Jeff Fuller was suiting up for McKinney Boyd High School where running was the name of the game and throwing the ball to a 6-foot-4, 209-pound Fuller was an afterthought. Fast forward a year and the true freshman receiver is the toast of College Station after catching his first collegiate touchdown pass, and then another one that will be played on his personal highlight reel for years to come.

It's a long way from 37 catches for 448 yards at a self-professed soccer school. Fuller won't have to deal with that any more, however. Football is king in Aggieland.

"It's a huge difference because my high school football wasn't a big deal," Fuller said. "It's always a confidence booster to score two touchdowns. I'm sure it will help me out a lot. I was pretty confident in what I can do and a lot of that is why I think I am here because I can make plays like I made (against New Mexico)."

Saturday's performance for Fuller may have only be three catches for 36 yards, but two of those three receptions were for touchdowns and the last one was something not seen at A&M for quite a long time. Sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson threw a pass to the back of the end zone that was up for grabs between Fuller and New Mexico first-team All-MWC cornerback DeAndre Wright.

Fuller went up in the air and out-reached Wright for the ball and the score. The last time anyone has seen a big receiver do something like that at A&M was in 2000 when Robert Ferguson ended up breaking the school single-season record in receiving yards.

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