September 17, 2009

Closer Look: Utah State QB Diondre Borel

Texas A&M did something in its season opener that many Aggie fans haven't seen in the Mike Sherman era. The Aggies gained 606 yards on offense while limiting New Mexico to just 231 total yards, including just 21 yards rushing.

Although the offensive numbers could very much be close to the same, or even eclipse those numbers against Utah State Saturday at 6 p.m. at Kyle Field, keeping the defensive numbers the same may not be that easy. The reason is one person, Utah State junior quarterback Diondre Borel.

The 6-foot, 187-pound signal caller is the leader of a spread option attack that allows Borel to be as much a threat with his feet as with his arm. The Aggies, Utah State is one of three Division I schools nicknamed the Aggies along with A&M and New Mexico State, routinely change personnel and formations, lining up in the wishbone, an empty formation or one and two-back sets. And with Borel Utah State is effective at running out of all of them.

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