August 27, 2008

A&M loaded in offensive backfield

Texas A&M may be changing to a pro-style offense that will mean more passing in College Station, but while Aggie fans are looking forward to an aerial attack opponents are taking notice of the Aggie backfield. And the reason is quite simple.

A&M is loaded.

The Aggies stock three running backs that would start for most teams in the Big 12 conference, or for that matter the nation, and fourth-teamer Keondra Smith could start for a few too. Junior Mike Goodson is the name everyone knows and at the same time the player everyone expects to have a breakthrough season. But redshirt freshman Bradley Stephens and true freshman Cyrus Gray have been pushing Goodson throughout August training camp.

"I think we have an arsenal as I call them," Goodson said. "We have Bradley back there and he's one of the shiftiest guys I've seen. Cyrus came in and I didn't know what to expect from him, and he's been giving us everything he's got. He's just as fast and he's working the weight room real hard. Everybody is doing real good right now."

For most teams, getting each back their carries would be a tough endeavor. It certainly would have been in the option offense of past seasons at A&M. But in comes the pro-style offense, which just happens to be perfectly suited to get the ball into its playmaking tailbacks' hands.

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