Dallas Colleges: Mister Jones

Aggies should be set at running back

May, 5, 2011
Texas A&M already has the Big 12's best duo of backs, and perhaps the best in the nation.

Over the last two seasons, Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray have combined for 3,365 rushing yards.

Yet both will return in 2011.

Gray will be a senior. Michael will be a junior with the option to bolt to the NFL after the season, depending on how 2011 plays out.

But after they leave, the Aggies should still be set for awhile, even more so after receiving a commitment on Wednesday from the player some consider the best running back in Louisiana.

Ben Malena, a sophomore, had a strong spring behind Gray and Michael. Former four-star Colorado native Mister Jones, when he's not collecting compliments on his name, is developing as well.

With its stellar 2011 recruiting class, Texas A&M is making sure that line of backs gets even deeper.

Trey Williams, a Houston native among the top running backs in the nation, committed to the Aggies last month. And Wednesday, Davante Borque followed suit. The Louisiana native ran for 2,326 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior last season, and had offers from LSU, Tennessee and Arkansas.

The Aggies missed out on another one of the top backs in the nation, Texas commit Johnathan Gray, but Williams was already in the fold for the 2012 class before Gray made his decision.

Michael missed the second half of the season with a broken leg, but Gray proved last season he's gotten a lot better since stepping foot on campus.

If that continues, Texas A&M's powerful, explosive running game won't stop being either for a long, long time.

10 Aggies miss Saturday's scrimmage

August, 21, 2010
Ten players with various injuries missed Texas A&M's scrimmage Saturday, but coach Mike Sherman said it was a chance to get a look at other players.

“We did get to see a lot of players,” Sherman said. “We will have some good tape to watch and an opportunity to improve in all areas of the game. We did have some guys miss the scrimmage, but that gives other players opportunities for work and for them to get better.”

Sherman singled out a pair of freshman running backs, Cedar Hill's Ben Malena and Mister Jones (yes, that's his real name) from Littleton, Colo.

The Aggies will return to practice Monday morning after a day off.