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Friday, December 18, 2009
Texas A&M's bowl practices providing benefits for young players

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is excited about his team's upcoming Advocare V100 Independence Bowl game for a variety of reasons.

The biggest is because of the extra work it is providing for his young team.

A&M's early practices have resembled a three-ring circus with a variety of  work going on at the same time among all members of the team.

"We're  really  pushing the envelope and getting everybody work," Sherman said. "We  have a maroon team and a white team. The white team are the redshirt guys, and the guys that will not play in the game. They are preparing this week."

"It’s been kind of an exciting part of practice. Everyone's getting reps. From that standpoint, the young guys are really getting valuable practice time. They’re (on) video tape so we can get a look at them and see where they’re at and what they need to accomplish in the spring. And from the other side, we have our starters and backups working on the other end. They’re getting more work against each other as well as against the looks that we perceive Georgia will give us.”

Not only is the extra work beneficial, but the Aggies could set the tone for spring work and the 2010 season by springing an upset over Georgia in the Dec. 28 game.

The Aggies have lost three-straight bowl games with their last victory coming in the 2001 Galleryfurniture.com Bowl over TCU. A&M has lost seven of its last eight bowl games since beating Michigan in the 1995 Alamo Bowl.

"Every game that we enter in to is very important to win obviously. And a bowl game is no exception," Sherman said. "A bowl game is somewhat of a reward, but at the same time is a tremendous challenge for us. I know the quality of football team we are playing. Our guys are very excited and the coaches are very excited about being involved in this game in Shreveport.”