Aggies to lean hard on offensive line

April, 24, 2012
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As Texas A&M wraps up spring practice this week, it sounds like sophomore Jameill Showers and redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel are out front in the quarterback derby.

“Those guys have been around longer than the young freshman (Matt Davis),” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Tuesday.

Still, Sumlin expects the battle to continue into preseason practice in August.

“We haven’t changed much (offensively),” Sumlin said. “We’ve thrown a lot at them, and they’ve had their moments. They’re young and have got to learn that there are other people on the field besides themselves and that they don’t have to make every play. I still think they’ve progressed a little faster than I thought they would.”

While most in Texas have kept a close eye on the quarterback battle this spring, the part of the offense that has given Sumlin the most comfort is the offensive line.

“Our most experienced group on our football team is the offensive line, and we only have one senior there,” Sumlin said. “Those guys have led us this spring and adapted to what we’re doing. They’re experienced and tough, and we’re going to count on them heavily this fall.”

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