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College football: Sherman re-evaluates Aggies' backfield

Web Posted: 03/26/2008 12:13 AM CDT

Brent Zwerneman
Express-News Staff Writer

COLLEGE STATION — Mike Sherman offered kind words for tailback Mike Goodson after Sherman's first practice as Texas A&M coach Tuesday.

“Goodson did a nice job and finished every run,” Sherman said. “Everything I've asked Michael to do on and off the field, he's done. I'm very pleased with him at this point.”

Sherman, after the first day of spring drills, also offered kind words about tailback Bradley Stephens of McAllen — meaning fans should feel good about the Aggies' depth, and quality, at tailback.

“Bradley is very competitive,” Sherman said. “He and Goodson are competing for that starting position. We're trying to make it as competitive as possible.”

Goodson will be a junior and Stephens a freshman after a redshirt year.

“Michael knows the talent of Bradley Stephens,” Sherman said. “He knows that Bradley is a consistent performer in the offseason program, and they compete every single day. It's good for the both of them.”

Sherman has moved Jorvorskie Lane from tailback to fullback and said Lane must accept his new responsibilities.

“It's quite an adaptation,” Sherman said. “He's going from being a ballcarrier — he'll still carry the ball — but he's going to have to block. And he's going to catch a lot more balls than he would catch at tailback.”

On how Lane will respond to the move, Sherman said, “That remains to be seen. He needs to step up and assume the position. Other guys are working in there as well. Certainly his game experience gives him the edge, but he's got to be able to perform in there, as well.”

Sherman said defensive end Michael Bennett, who missed the Alamo Bowl because of academics, will practice with the team part time for now.

“The classroom will take priority over spring ball for Michael Bennett,” Sherman said.

Also, starting quarterback Stephen McGee, who had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January, participated in some passing drills Tuesday. He won't take part in live-action drills during the spring. A&M's annual Maroon & White game is set for April 19.

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