Aggies getting physical

For the first time since arriving at Texas A&M, head coach Dennis Franchione allowed members of the media to attend practice as observers on Tuesday and Aggie Websider was the only website in attendance--for both practices. Dallas Shipp caught up with Franchione and several of the players after an extremely physical set of two-a-days.

Coming off of their first scrimmage of the year on Monday night at Kyle Field, the Aggie offense came into Tuesday's practice with something to prove after a disappointing display the night before.

"I think they came out with intensity and set the tempo and the defense responded," Franchione said, following a practice that senior linebacker Mark Dodge described as "the most physical practice he's ever seen since he got to A&M."

But Franchione said he likes the competitiveness of this year's team.

"I think you can go too far (sometimes) and that's concerning but I didn't think it ever got that far today," he said. "Sometimes you get a little cranky as two-a-days go on and those things happen a little bit, but I'd rather have to tone them down than tone them up."

With the fire and physicality that the Aggies showed on Tuesday, that shouldn't be a problem.

The Aggies wore shorts and helmets in the morning session, which was designed to fix some of the deficiencies from Monday night's scrimmage as part of the whole, part, whole philosophy that Franchione and company use.

They install the entire playbook then go back and refine the parts that need work before going through the whole playbook again.

"You've got to reinforce the teaching," Franchione said. "We needed to come back and work out some things we hadn't done too well (on Monday) and finish out the installation. For the most part we're done installing things except for working on situations."

The Aggies worked on two-point conversions and passing situations on Monday, but still need to run through overtime and clock management, especially killing the clock late in the fourth quarter, later this week.

The Aggies return to practice on Wednesday morning.

"Tomorrow morning we're in full pads," Franchione said, "so we'll have some more contact."

If the physicality of Tuesdays practice without full pads is any indication, Wednesday should be a fun day to watch.

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Matt Szymanski will use TJ Sanders as his holder on field goals this year, but Richie Bean hasn't decided on Justin Brantly just yet. Cody Davis will be the deep snapper on field goals and possibly punts as well.

Franchione said the Aggies have more people returning punts, returning kicks and deep snapping than ever before

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