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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Here are some final notes and quotes from Texas A&M's scrimmage this afternoon.
"I think they played well," A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson said. "They didn't get too much time to be in space, but they did really well. They are going to surprise a lot of people this year. As usual, our running backs are going to be one of the strengths on our team."
"We struggled in the offensive line, I thought," Sherman said. "We're going to try to coach them up and try to get them to a point where they play like we want them to play."
Sherman expects the group to improve markedly once the starters return to the unit after the spring.
"When you take three starters out of a group, it's very difficult going against a starting defensive unit," Sherman said. "We had some try-hard walk-on guys -- God bless them, they did a good job -- but they were no match for Von Miller."
Johnson said he's also more comfortable in the offense in his second season as starter after some of the verbiage in A&M's offense was similarly simplified.
"Our plays haven't changed, but how we're calling them has changed," Johnson said. "That's helped me a lot getting out there. It allows me to make more checks at the line because I'm not thinking as much. And I think changing everything up has helped out the offense a lot."
That decision originally prompted some disappointment from team members, but Johnson said the extra work next week will be good for the team.
"We've got a lot to improve on," Johnson said. "We spent a long time in the winter cleaning things up. At first, we were kind of upset we've still got two practices after the spring game, but now we can watch film, go back and correct those mistakes. That will be good for us."
Kines said that he was enthused after hearing about the backgrounds of many of the recruits.
"You ask those linebackers what they are doing and they say running the track -- the 100, the 200 and the 4-by-100 (relays). That's some good words there, instead of 'I'm sitting over there throwing the shot.'"
"We were down there looking up in the stands," Kines said, chuckling. "We had one little boy up there with a jersey on. We almost got him. He looked like he might play."
That resourcefulness prompted special praise for defensive backs coach Charles McMillian from Kines.
"I don't know how he keeps them out there," Kines said. "He would bring them over, water them up and throw them right back in there."