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GAME 9: Kansas (7-0) at Texas A&M (6-2)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Game notes for Saturday's Big 12 contest against 9th-ranked Kansas (PDF link to the right)...


GAME 9:
Kansas JAYHAWKS (7-0, 3-0 Big 12)
at
Texas A&M AGGIES (6-2, 3-1 Big 12)


GAME INFORMATION

GAME INFO
Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. (CDT)
Kyle Field (82,600), College Station
RECORDS
Texas A&M: 6-2, 3-1 Big 12
Kansas: 7-0, 3-0 Big 12
RANKINGS
KU is ranked 9th in the BCS, 10th by USA Today/ESPN and 12th by the AP. A&M is receiving votes in both polls.
TELEVISION
ESPN2 (in HD where available)
Gary Thorne, play-by-play
Bob Davie, commentary
Stacey Dales, sidelines
RADIO
WTAW-AM 1620 (Local)
Texas A&M Sports Network (statewide)
Sirius Satellite Radio (Ch 126)
Dave South, play-by-play
Dave Elmendorf, commentary
Tom Turbiville, sidelines
(broadcast time 5 p.m. CDT)
INTERNET
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SERIES
A&M leads, 7-1
Last Meeting: A&M 21, KU 18 (10/7/06)
UP NEXT
A&M at Oklahoma
Saturday, Nov. 3, Time TBA
Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
TV: TBD

The Aggies lead the all-time series with Kansas, 7-1, dating back to the first meeting in 1974 … The first meeting was a 28-10 Jayhawk victory and remains the only win in the series between the schools … The Aggies have won seven straight … The Aggies are 5-0 against Kansas since the formation of the Big 12 Conference … In last year's meeting, the Aggies never led until they scored a game-winning touchdown with 34 seconds remaining.


BATTLE OF DIVISION LEADERS


Saturday's nationally-televised matchup between Texas A&M and Kansas features the leaders from the Big 12's North and South divisions. The Jayhawks, ranked No. 9 in the latest BCS standings, are alone atop the Big 12 North, while the Aggies share the South lead with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is the lone conference foe that the Aggies are undefeated against.


TOP 10 TEAM COMES TO KYLE


When Kansas (No. 9 BCS / No. 10 USA Today/ESPN / No. 12 Associated Press) visits Aggieland on Saturday, it will be the first top 10 team not named Texas or Oklahoma to come to Kyle Field since 2002. History has shown that Kyle Field is not kind to those teams in recent years.


Non-Texas/Oklahoma Top 10's at Kyle
Year   AP Rk.   Opponent   Result
2002   No. 7   Virginia Tech   L,? 3-13
2000   No. 10   Kansas State   W, 26-10
1998   No. 2   Nebraska   W, 28-21
1989   No. 10   Arkansas   L, 22-23
1989   No. 8   Houston   W, 17-13
1989   No. 7   LSU   W, 28-16
1987   No. 10   Washington   W, 29-12
1987   No. 6   LSU   L, ?3-17
1985   No. 9   Arkansas   W, 10-?6

PROGRAM ON THE RISE


Since the beginning of the 2006 season, the Aggies have posted a 15-6 record while winning over 70 percent of their games.


Big 12 Teams Since 2006
Team   Record   Pct.
Oklahoma   18-4   .818
Texas   16-5   .762
Texas A&M    15-6   .714
Missouri   14-6   .700
Kansas   13-6   .684
Texas Tech   14-7   .667
Nebraska   13-9   .591
Oklahoma St.   12-9   .571
Kansas St.   11-9   .550
Baylor   7-13   .350
Colorado 6-14   .300
Iowa State   5-15   .250

BIG 12 HONORS MCGEE


The Big 12 Conference honored quarterback Stephen McGee as its Offensive Player of the Week for leading the Aggies to their first win over Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., in 52 years.

McGee, a junior from Burnet, Texas, paced the Big 12's top rushing attack to 359 yards by picking 167 yards on 35 carries -- both career highs -- in the Aggies' 36-14 win over the Cornhuskers. McGee's 35 carries were easily a school record for a quarterback, eclipsing David Walker's 27 carries against SMU in 1977.

The Aggies' 359 rushing yards against the Cornhuskers were the most road rushing yards by A&M since 1996 -- the first year of the Big 12 -- when the Aggies rushed for 369 against Baylor in Waco.


SCORING AT HOME


With just one touchdown against Kansas on Saturday, big back Jorvorskie Lane would become the school's all-time leading scorer among non-placekickers and become the first Aggie -- placekickers included -- to score 100 points in a single season twice.

The J-Train currently has 266 career points, which is just off the 270 points scored by running backs Darren Lewis (1987-90) and Rodney Thomas (1991-94).

This season, Lane has scored 98 points on 16 touchdowns and a two-point conversion (game-winner vs. Fresno State). Eight players, including Lane, have hit the 100-point barrier in a single season, but no Aggie has ever done it twice.


Career Points by Non-Placekickers
   Rk   Player, Years   Pts.
   1.   Darren Lewis, 1987-90   270
      Rodney Thomas, 1991-94   270
   3.   Jorvorskie Lane, 2005-Present   266
   4.   Leeland McElroy, 1993-95   240
   5.   Joel Hunt, 1925-27   224

Single Season 100-Point Scorers
   Rk   Player, Years   Pts.
   1.   Joel Hunt, 1925-27   128
   2.   Jorvorskie Lane, 2006   114
      Darren Lewis, 1990   114
   4.   D'Andre Hardeman, 1996   108
   5.   Kyle Bryant, 1997 (PK)   102
      George Woodard, 1976   102
      Greg Hill, 1992   102
   8.   Scott Slater, 1986 (PK)   100

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD


The Aggies' finishing schedule, which features four teams currently ranked among the nation's top 20, is rated the toughest in the nation, according to the NCAA.

The Aggies' final four opponents have a cumulative winning percentage of 85.7, which easily outdistances the team with the second-hardest finishing schedule (USC's future opponents have a 76.5 winning percentage).

A&M's cumulative schedule is rated the nation's second-toughest with opponents winning at a 67.6 percent clip. Only Oklahoma State's schedule is rated tougher with a 68.6 winning percentage.


Nation's Toughest Finishing Schedules
   Rk   Team   Opp. Rec.   Pct.
   1.   Texas A&M   24-4   .857
   2.   Southern California   26-8   .765
   3.   Miami (Fla.)   19-7   .731
   4.   Ohio State   21-8   .724
      Oklahoma State   21-8   .724

Nation's Toughest Overall Schedules
   Rk   Team   Opp. Rec.   Pct.
   1.   Oklahoma State   48-22   .686
   2.   Texas A&M   48-23   .676
   3.   Washington   52-29   .642
   4.   Nebraska   48-27   .640
   5.   Notre Dame   49-28   .636
Source: NCAAsports.com

MONEY MEN


Stephen McGee, Jorvorskie Lane and Mike Goodson have been nearly automatic on third- and fourth-down rushes. The trio have produced a "money play" on 42-of-59 (71.2 percent) rushing attempts on third and fourth down. Lane is 21-for-22, McGee is 17-for-27 and Goodson is 4-of-10.


McGee/Lane/Goodson
Situation   1st Down   TD   $   Attempts
3rd down rush   31   8   36   52
4th down rush   5   1   6   7
Total   36   9   42   59
$ - "Money Plays" are defined as plays resulting in a first down or a touchdown

THIRD-&-SHORT REPORT


Texas A&M and Jorvorskie Lane lead the nation in first downs and touchdowns in third-and-short (1-3 yards to go) situations, according to Football Writers Association member Marty Couvillon at cfbstats.com.

As a team, the Aggies have produced 26 first downs and eight touchdowns in 34 third-and-short situations.

Not coincidently, Lane leads the nation with 14 first downs and five touchdowns on 17 third-and-short tries.


BENNETT CHASES T-MURPH


Tight end Martellus Bennett, who missed the Nebraska game due to injury, has made at least one catch in 25-straight games, and is just one short of matching A&M all-time leading receiver Terrence Murphy's school-record streak of 26 games with a catch. Bennett has at least one catch in 29-of-31 career games, and has a catch in every game he's started in his career. Bennett's current streak began in the eighth game of his freshman season in 2005.


Bennett is Money
   Rk   Player, Years   Streak w/ at least one catch
   1.   Terrence Murphy, 2001-04   26
   2.   Martellus Bennett, 2005-Present   25
   3.   Bethel Johnson, 1999-2002   25
   4.   Barney Harris, 1967-69   24
   5.   Jamaar Taylor, 2001-03   20

THUNDER, LIGHTNING & McGEE


For the first time since early in the season, all three of the Aggies' rushing trio aren't ranked among the nation's top 100 rushers. With Stephen McGee and Jorvorskie Lane combining for 297 of the Aggies' 359 rushing yards against Nebraska, Mike Goodson fell out of the NCAA's stats. The trio's combined rushing average, however, increased to 218.9 per game.


One of a Kind
   Rk   Player, School, Pos.   Yds/G
   #49   Stephen McGee, Texas A&M, QB   88.9
#77   Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M, RB   71.9
   --    Mike Goodson, Texas A&M, RB   58.1

OFFENSE UNDER FRAN


Whether it is via the run or the pass, the Aggies' offense under head coach Dennis Franchione consistently produces 400 yards of offense per game.


Run or Pass = 400 Yards
Year   Total   Rushing   Passing
2003   389.8   177.2   212.6
2004   428.4   167.2   261.2
2005   442.3   234.9   207.4
2006   397.4   206.8   190.5
2007   414.9   260.1   154.8

IN THE "RED" ZONE


The Aggies are 38-of-42 (90.5 percent) in scoring opportunites when reaching the opponent's 20-yard line. The Aggies have scored 28 red zone touchdowns, which ranks No. 2 in the Big 12. A&M's 23 rushing red zone TDs far-and-away lead the Big 12.


LIMITING TURNOVERS


Texas A&M has given up the fewest turnovers in the Big 12 with only eight giveaways for the season, and the Aggies rank No. 2 in the Big 12 with a +1.3 turnover margin per game.


2007 Big 12 Turnover Margin Leaders
   Rk   Team   Take   Turn   Margin   Avg/G
   1.   Kansas   +21   -11   +10   +1.4
   2.   Texas A&M   +18   -8   +10   +1.3
   3.   Missouri   +18   -13   +5   +0.7
   4.   Oklahoma   +19   -15   +4   +0.5
   5.   Kansas State   +15   -12   +3   +0.4

RUNAWAY TRAIN


With just one touchdown against Kansas, big back Jorvorskie Lane would match the school records for total and rushing career touchdowns.


Career Rushing TDs List
   Rk   Player, Years   TDs
   1.   Darren Lewis, 1987-90   44
   2.   Jorvorskie Lane, 2005-Present   43
   3.   Rodney Thomas, 1991-94   41
   4.   George Woodard, 1975-77, 79   35
   5.   Curtis Dickey, 1976-79   34

Career Rushing/Receiving TDs List
   Rk   Player, Years   TDs
   1.   Darren Lewis, 1987-90   45
      Rodney Thomas, 1991-94   45
   3.   Jorvorskie Lane, 2005-Present   44
      Leeland McElroy, 1993-95   40
   5.   Greg Hill, 1991-93   36

ACTIVE SCORERS


Running back Jorvorskie Lane is No. 3 on the NCAA Bowl Subdivision list for career touchdowns with 40.


Active Career Scoring Leaders
   Rk   Player, School, Class   TDs   Games
   1.   Steve Slaton, West Virginia, Jr.   48   30
   2.   Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M, Jr.    44   32
   3.   Kalvin McRae, Ohio, Sr.   43   44
   4.   Michael Hart, Michigan, Sr.   41   40
   5.   Ray Rice, Rutgers, Jr.    39   32

HEAVYWEIGHTS


Texas A&M has a history of big backs with colorful nicknames and the ability to get into the endzone.


Nose for the Endzone
Player, Years   Wt.   Notable
Ja'Mar Toombs, 1998-2000   275   28 career TDs; 14 in 2000
?Nickname: Tooooooooombs
Jorvorskie Lane, 2005-   268   Record 19 TDs in '06; 44 for career
?Nickname: J-Train, Lane Train, Round Mound of Touchdown
George Woodard, 1975-79   255   Double digit TDs in '76, '77
?Nickname: Big Woo
Robert Wilson, 1988-90   245   20 career rushing TDS
?Nickname: Bull
D'Andre Hardeman, 1995-99   232   17 TDs in '96; Record 95-yard run
?Nickname: Touchdown Tiki
John Kimbrough, 1938-40   220   10 TDs for 1939 National Champs
?Nickname: Jarrin' Jawn, Haskell Hurricane, Big John

NET (PUNTING) GAINS


With Ray Guy Award watch lister Justin Brantly leading the way, the Aggies rank No. 2 in the Big 12 in net punting with a 37.6 average. Brantly averages 42.6 yards and has just two touchbacks on 29 boots, and the coverage unit has allowed only 71 punt return yards on 16 returns (4.4 average).


BRANTLY'S QUEST


Punter Justin Brantly, averaging 42.6 yards per boot on 29 punts in 2007, continues his chase for Shane Lechler's school record for career punt average.


Career Punt Average List
   RK   Player, Years   Punt Avg.
   1.   Shane Lechler, 1996-99   44.7
   2.   Justin Brantly, 2005-   43.5
   3.   Todd Tschantz, 1984-86   42.4
   4.   Phil Scoggin, 1964-65   41.9
   5.   David Davis, 1991-92   41.8

DOUBLE-DIGIT DODGE


Since regaining a spot in the starting lineup for last year's Nebraska game, senior linebacker Mark Dodge has been a tackling machine for the Aggies.

In his last 11 starts, Dodge is averaging 9.7 tackles per game and has led the team in tackles seven times.


Back in the Starting Lineup
Opponent   Year   Tackles
Nebraska   2006   17   *
at Texas   2006   5   
California (Holiday Bowl)   2006   8   *
Montana State   2007   14   *
Fresno State   2007   16   *
La.-Monroe   2007   2
at Miami (Fla.)   2007   9
Baylor   2007   5   *
Oklahoma State   2007   11
at Texas Tech   2007   9   *
at Nebraska   2007   11   *
* - Led team in tackles.

COVERING KICKOFFS


Texas A&M's kickoff coverage unit has emerged as the Big 12's best. Led by the long kickoffs from strong-legged sophomore placekicker Matt Szymanski, A&M's opponents have an average starting spot of the 22-yard line despite the new NCAA rule that moved kickoffs back five yards. Szymanski averages 66.9 yards on his kickoffs and A&M's net kickoff average is 47.9, which leads the conference by more than a yard.


Going Deep
   Rk   School   No.    Avg.   TB   Net
   1.   Texas A&M   46   66.8   19   47.9
   2.   Nebraska   40   66.2   22   46.3
   3.   Oklahoma   62   66.6   16   45.6
   4.   Kansas   59   66.7   19   45.4
   5.   Texas Tech   61   65.8   23   45.2

OLD SCHOOL TIGHT END


For some tight ends, their value can be measured simply by looking at their receptions total at the end of a game. But that's not the case with the Aggies' Martellus Bennett, who might be the nation's best block/catch tight end.

When asked what defines him as a tight end, Bennett says, "My knuckles are dirty. If you want to be called a tight end, show me some dirty hands."

Bennett has always impressed with his blocking skills, both at the point of attack and down the field. The 6-foot-7, 255-pounder has over 50 knockdown blocks this season and is also the Aggies' receptions leader with 24 catches for 276 yards.

Adds A&M tight end coach Mark Tommerdahl: "In Martellus we have a tight end who is presently our leading receiver and he likes to block. He's a true tight end who wants to be in the game every play, and he understands the importance of his blocking ability to our team and his future. As he matures, he is focusing on improving his practice habits and finishing. When you define the position tight end in its truest sense, he certainly can become the complete package."


Bennett's Knockdowns/Catches
Opponent   Knockdowns   Rec./Yards
Montana State    9   3/33
Fresno State   17   5/35
Louisiana-Monroe   8   6/98
Miami (Fla.)   4   3/49
Baylor   9   1/3
Oklahoma State   4   2/23
Texas Tech   4   4/35
Nebraska   DNP
Total   55   24/276

1,000-YARD RUSHERS


The Aggies' Jorvorskie Lane (1,895), Stephen McGee (1,612) and Mike Goodson (1,312) have all surpassed the 1,000-yard barrier in career rushing yards. The threesome has also rushed for 4,819 career yards and scored 59 rushing touchdowns.

In addition, the threesome has combined to rush for 1,751 yards on 333 carries (5.3 yards per carry) in 2007.


McKING OF THE ROAD


Quarterback Stephen McGee has a career 6-3 record in starts away from the friendly confines of Kyle Field. Prior to McGee's ascension to starting quarterback, the Aggies were 3-13 in games away from Kyle in the Dennis Franchione era.

For his career, McGee is 5-1 in starts in Big 12 road games.


CLIMBING THE CHARTS


Senior Kerry Franks, the Big 12's top kick returner in 2006, continues his climb up the Aggies' kickoff return charts.


Career Kickoff Return Yards List
   Rk   Player, Years   No.-   Yards
   1.   Rod Harris, 1985-88   59-   1,209
   2.   Leeland McElroy, 1993-95   30-    1,099
   3.   Carl Roaches, 1972-75   43-   1,087
   4.   Kerry Franks, 2003-   32-   816
   5.   Terrence Murphy, 2001-04   31-   761
   6.   Danté Hall, 1996-99   32-   716
   7.   Larry Stegent, 1967-69   39-   714
   8.   Dave Elmendorf, 1968-70   35-   689
   9.   Billy Mitchell, 1992-94   25-   678
   10.   Don Ellis, 1952-53   26-   591

Career Kickoff Return Average List
   Rk   Player, Years   KO Return Avg.
   1.   Leeland McElroy, 1993-95   36.6
   2.   Billy Mitchell, 1992-94   27.1
   3.   Kerry Franks, 2003-   25.5
   4.   Carl Roaches, 1972-75   25.3
   5.   Terrence Murphy, 2001-04   24.5

JOIN THE CLUB ...


Stephen McGee became the 37th member, and just the fifth QB, of A&M's 1,000-yard club in career rushing yards earlier this season.


Career Rushing Yards by a QB
   Rk   Player, Years   Rush Yds
   1.   Bucky Richardson, 1987-88, 90-91   2,095
   2.   Reggie McNeal, 2002-05   1,889
   3.   Stephen McGee, 2004-   1,612
   4.   Mike Mosley, 1977-80   1,206
   5.   Roddy Osborne, 1955-57   1,188

TOTAL QUARTERBACKS


Three of Texas A&M's four top season total offense outputs have been produced by quarterbacks during the Dennis Franchione era, including Stephen McGee's 2,961-yard effort in 2006. McGee's output ranked No. 2 in school history behind only Reggie McNeal's 2004 total of 3,509 yards. At McGee's current pace, he will produce another 2,700-yard total offense output in 2007.


Building Quarterbacks
(A&M's Top Single Season Total Offense Leaders)
   Rk   Player, Year   Yards
   1.   *Reggie McNeal, 2004   3,509
   2.   *Stephen McGee, 2006   2,961
   3.   Mark Farris, 2000   2,667
   4.   *Reggie McNeal, 2005   2,627
   5.   Dustin Long, 2002   2,522
*Fran era quarterbacks

TURNOVER ADVANTAGE


During the Dennis Franchione era at Texas A&M, the Aggies are 24-3 in games with a turnover margin advantage. In games with an even or minus turnover margin, the Aggies are 7-22.

In 2007, the Aggies are 6-0 with the turnover advantage and 0-2 when even or minus in turnover margin.


Games with Turnover Advantage
Opponent   Year   Turn   Take   +/-   Result
Baylor   2003   -2   +4   +2   W, 73-10
Kansas   2003   -1   +3   +2   W, 45-33
Wyoming   2004   0   +3   +3   W, 31-?0
Clemson   2004   0   +4   +4   W, 27-?6
Kansas St.   2004   -1   +4   +3   W, 42-30
at Iowa St.   2004   0   +2   +2   W, 34-?3
at Oklahoma St.   2004   0   +2   +2   W, 36-20
Colorad
  • 2004 0 +2 +2 W, 29-26 (ot) Texas Tech 2004 0 +3 +3 W, 32-25 (ot) SMU 2005 -1 +4 +3 W, 66-?8 Texas State 2005 -2 +3 +1 W, 44-31 Oklahoma State 2005 -2 +7 +5 W, 62-23 Kansas State 2005 -1 +3 +2 W, 30-28 at Oklahoma 2005 -1 +3 +2 L, 30-36 La.-Lafayette 2006 0 +2 +2 W, 51-7 Army 2006 -1 +3 +2 W, 28-24 Missouri 2006 0 +3 +3 W, 25-19 at Baylor 2006 0 +1 +1 W, 31-21 Oklahoma 2006 -1 +2 +1 L, 16-17 Nebraska 2006 0 +1 +1 L, 27-28 at Texas 2006 -1 +4 +4 W, 12-7 Montana State 2007 -1 +2 +1 W, 38-7 Fresno State 2007 -1 +3 +2 W, 47-45 3ot La.-Monroe 2007 -1 +2 +1 W, 54-14 Baylor 2007 -1 +3 +2 W, 34-10 Oklahoma State 2007 0 +1 +1 W, 24-23 at Nebraska 2007 0 +3 +3 W, 36-17

  • BAND OF BROTHERS


    The Aggies' "Band of Brothers" offensive line has paved the way for the Big 12's top rushing attack.

    Four of the Aggies' five offensive line starters - Cody Wallace, Kirk Elder, Corey Clark and Chris Yoder - were members of Coach Fran's initial signing class. The fifth-year senior foursome has combined to start 126 career games. Add in junior starter Travis Schneider and the starting five has 139 career starts.


    DISRUPTIVE DE


    Senior defensive end Chris Harrington continues to be the Aggies' most disruptive player on the defense.

    Harrington, a member of a variety of watch lists for national awards, is among team leaders in tackles for losses, sacks and forced fumbles.

    It is more of the same for the second-most famous graduate of Houston St. Pius High School (behind Houston Texans head coach and former A&M leading passer Gary Kubiak). Harrington led the team in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles in 2006 and was among the leaders in PBUs.


    CONCENTRATING THEIR EFFORTS


    Tight end Martellus Bennett and quarterback Jerrod Johnson both gave up Aggie basketball last spring, so they could concentrate on football.

    Bennett, one of the favorites for the John Mackey Tight End Award, played in four basketball games last season, while Johnson saw action in three contests. As a freshman in 2005-06, Bennett was the first Aggie to letter in football and basketball since Billy Bob Barnett in 1969.


    AGGIE STORY LINES


    • Big back Jorvorskie Lane credits the reading program READ180 and Lufkin High School teacher Betty Lewing for his academic success in high school and subsequent improvement on his SAT score. The SAT score improvement allowed him to utilize his scholarship to Texas A&M and become one of the nation's most feared short-yardage backs. After Lane scored a school-record 19 touchdowns last season, Lewing attended the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl as his guest.
    • Most people can't envision the 268-pound Lane as ever being small, but he was actually born premature and weighed just four pounds at birth. The J-Train's grandmother says she could hold him in one hand.
    • Coach Fran and defensive coordinator Gary Darnell have started calling the linebacker tandem of Mark Dodge, 26, and Misi Tupe, 25, the "Geritol Gang". The tandem's combined 51 years of age make them the oldest pair of starting linebackers in the nation. Dodge served in the military before enrolling in college, while Tupe served a Mormon mission before arriving in Aggieland.
    • Speaking of Geritol, noted geriatric linebacker Mike Flynt served as Texas A&M's head strength coach in 1979-80. At the age of 59, Flynt has made the football roster at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas.
    • Forty-five of the Aggies' 64 multi-year scholarship players had the benefit of a redshirt season (69 percent). Every scholarship offensive and defensive lineman redshirted.
    • The Aggies' safeties coach, Bill Clay, is in his 40th season as a football coach. Clay's first coaching job was at Ganby High School in Norfolk, Va., in 1965.
    • Quarterback Stephen McGee, a junior in football eligibility, graduated with a degree in marketing earlier this summer -- just three and one-half years after arriving on campus as an early enrollee in January 2004.
    • McGee and tight end Joey Thomas were two of 14 current or past Aggie gridders to receive their diplomas at the August commencement ceremonies.
    • Wide receiver Howard Morrow and linebacker Matt Featherston were the football winners of the 2007 "Off-Season Warrior" competition implemented by A&M director of performance nutrition Amy Bragg. Morrow added seven pounds of muscle while dropping 6.8 percent of body fat. Featherston shaved 15 pounds of body fat while adding eight pounds of muscle.
    • There are a pair of brother tandems on the 2007 roster: Michael and Martellus Bennett (Alief, Texas) and Jamie and Terrence McCoy (Midland, Texas).
    • Other Aggie bloodlines include: Chris Harrington (Uncle Dave Elmendorf was an All-American in 1970 and currently serves as the analyst for Aggies' radio network); Jerrod Johnson (father Larry Johnson was a wide receiver/defensive back for the Aggies); Nick LaMantia (brother Michael was a walkon linebacker in the early 2000's); Earvin Taylor (brother Jamaar grabbed 108 catches from 2001-03); Spencer Robnett (grandfather Ed Robnett and great uncle Marshall Robnett played on 1939 National Championship team. Marshall was first-team All-American and finished No.9 in the 1940 Heisman voting).
    • Offensive center Kevin Matthews' father, Bruce, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame last summer. Matthews was a 14-time Pro Bowl selection as an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.
    • Coach Fran's son, Brad Franchione, is the head coach at Blinn College, which is located in nearby Brenham, Texas. Last season, Brad Franchione's Buccaneers won the NJCAA Championship and he was named NJCAA Coach of the Year.

    ROSTER UPDATES


    • Danny Gorrer suffered a torn left ACL against Texas Tech, and is lost for the rest of the season.
    • Nick LaMantia, the Aggies' main 12th Man in 2006, has shifted from linebacker to fullback, and saw his first-ever action at fullback against Fresno State. He switched his jersey number from #55 to #44.
    • Wide receiver E.J. Shankle and quarterback Jeff Wood switched jersey numbers. Shankle now wears #10, while Wood wears #9.
    • Former linebacker Jodie Richardson also made the move to fullback during the 2006 season and is listed as Chris Alexander's backup.
    • David Tufuga, a defensive lineman from West Jordan, Utah, was a late addition to the Aggies' 2007 signing class. Tufuga transferred from Snow College in Utah.
    • Jordan Pugh, a backup cornerback in 2006, shifted to the "Whip" during the spring and is listed as the starter going into the 2007 season.
    • Johnathan Batson, who was a safety in 2006, has shifted to cornerback for 2007. Because of depth at the position and his late position change, Batson is a candidate to redshirt this season.
    • Chris Smith moved from defensive end to defensive tackle during the spring and is pushing for playing time at the position this fall.

    ACTIVE TACKLERS


    The Aggies have 12 defenders with more than 50 career tackles, including six who have surpassed the century mark in career tackles.

    
    A&M Active Career Tackles Leaders
       RK   Player   Pos.   Yr   Tackles
       1.   Devin Gregg   DB   Jr.   138
       2.   Chris Harrington   DE   Sr   133
       3.   Mark Dodge   LB   Sr.   128
       4.    Danny Gorrer   DB   Jr.   112
       5.   Misi Tupe   LB   Sr.   114
       6.   Red Bryant   DL   Sr.   109
       7.   .Alton Dixon   DB   Jr.   88
       8.   Michael Bennett   DL   Jr.   78
       9.   Cyril Obiozor   DL   Jr.   76
       10.   Marquis Carpenter   DB   Sr.   74
       11.   Arkeith Brown   DB   Jr.   59
       12.   Jordan Pugh   DB   So.   51
    

    16 TDS AND COUNTING


    With 16 touchdowns (15 rush, 1 catch) already in the bank and four games to go, Jorvorskie Lane is in position to make the Aggies' school records for career total and rushing touchdowns all his own.

    Last year, Lane produced 19 touchdowns (all rushing), which matched the second-oldest school records in the A&M annals -- single season touchdowns (19 by Joel Hunt, 1927 and Darren Lewis, 1990) and single season rushing touchdowns (19 by Joel Hunt, 1927).

    
    Season Rushing Touchdowns
       Rk   Player, Year   Rushing TDs
       1.   Joel Hunt, 1927   19
          Jorvorskie Lane, 2006   19
       3.   Darren Lewis, 1990   18      
       4.   D'Andre Hardeman, 1996   17         
       George Woodard, 1976   17
    
    Season Total Touchdowns
       Rk   Player, Year   Total TDs
       1.   Joel Hunt, 1927   19
          Jorvorskie Lane, 2006   19
          Darren Lewis, 1990   19      
       4.   D'Andre Hardeman, 1996   18      
       5.   Two players   17
    

    LEFTOVER LANES


    • Jorvorskie Lane has scored at least one touchdown in 24 of 32 games
    • Lane has scored at least two touchdowns in 11 games
    • Lane has scored at least three touchdowns in five games (school record)
    • Lane has scored four touchdowns in three games (school record).
    • For his career, Lane averages 8.3 points per game.
    • With 43 touchdowns on 402 career carries, Lane scores a TD every 9.3 carries.
    • Lane is one of the few players in school history to score a touchdown via rush, reception and pass.


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