Truly Special

With Michael Goodson, Jorvorskie Lane and Chris Alexander coming back from one of the best A&M rushing attacks in school history, and a offensive line loaded with upper-classmen, this year's rushing attack could be something special.

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few months, you're probably aware of the speed of Michael Goodson. You know about his ability to shift into overdrive in the open field (Aggies9496 - queue the touchdown run through the Texas secondary last November).

And if given the choice between squaring your shoulders up against Jorvorskie Lane at full speed, or taking on a Cadillac Escalade at 40 miles an hour, it would probably be, well…a tough call.

Now Franchione and the Aggies have another weapon to turn to in the backfield in freshman running back Cornell Tarrant. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound tailback from Dallas (Samuell) announced his arrival at the Maroon & White Game earlier this month, racking up a game-high 117 yards on 12 carries (9.8 avg). The freshman also made the play of the game with a 66-yard touchdown that electrified the 24,000-plus in attendance.

The trio combined for 215 yards rushing on 25 carries, averaging 8.6 yards per carry. Some will say, ‘yeah, but it was a scrimmage.' But the Aggies' rushing attack in 2006 was dominant.

A&M racked up at least 150 yards rushing in every single game in 2006, something that it hasn't done in at least 12 years—which is as far back as the game by game stats are available on

With Tarrant in the mix as a solid backup to Goodson, this year's running back corps is one of the best in the country.

But the person who could have the biggest impact on this group isn't a running back, he's the quarterback. If a much healthier Steven McGee is able to stretch the field in 2007, it will open up some holes up front for Lane, Goodson, Alexander and Tarrant.

Throw in an offensive line loaded with upper classmen and this years rushing attack has all the makings for something really special. That attack may also be the difference between being one play away from the Big 12 Championship and playing in December for the Aggies' first BCS bowl game since 1998.

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