The Aggies abandoned the traditional spring "football" game and took their act over to the hardwood at Reed Arena, where the offense beat the defense, 102-94.
I kid. But seriously... that scoring system? Come on.
About 15,000 fans showed up.
What we learned:
Jerrod Johnson fans: exhale. His offseason "minor shoulder surgery" looks like it was exactly that, and didn't show any lingering effects. Johnson has been limited this spring, but he walked out onto Kyle Field on Saturday and led the offense on a scoring drive while going 5-for-6 for 54 yards. "I'm full speed at everything except throwing that ball," Johnson told reporters. "I'm probably about 80 percent."
Johnson's second drive is a fantastic sign for Tim DeRuyter's defense, which he says is about "90 percent" installed. DeRuyter opened the game with a vanilla approach, but got sick of watching the offense torch his unit on two consecutive possessions. The third time around, with Johnson back on the field, the Aggies forced a three-and-out. Texas A&M, you might recall, has what one might call a "pretty salty offense." A three-and-out against those guys is impressive in any dosage.
Christine Michael gets a bit more attention than his teammate in the backfield, Cyrus Gray, but with Michael out for Saturday's game with an elbow injury, Gray took advantage, rushing for 65 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Michael may have more raw talent, but Gray is producing and impressing this spring. "Cyrus Gray has taken his game to another level,” head coach Mike Sherman said. "Boy, he’s been on the money this spring." I've heard Sherman has some say on which of the Aggie running backs get touches when.
They said it:
"He's unflappable. ... He's 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds and a great athlete. ... I hate to talk like this about a dang freshman -- I'm entitled to change my opinion, right? But if we were playing tomorrow, he'd be my starting left tackle."
-- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman on early enrolling freshman offensive lineman Luke Joeckel.