Aggies bounce back after physical Tuesday
After two extremely practices on Tuesday that senior linebacker Mark Dodge described as "the most physical practices he's seen since he's been at A&M," the Aggies returned to the McFarrin Athletic Center for most of their practice session on Wednesday morning.
"(We had) two yesterday and yesterday's practice was really physical but our guys know how to practice and they grinded through it. Once the buzzer goes off they generally put in a good day."
Many of the Aggies are battling a few illnesses, but Franchione said he was glad that the team has not had to deal with many injuries that have sidelined anyone for an extended period of time.
A lot of that has to do with the conditioning program that new strength and conditioning coach Rod Cole implemented in the offseason and the ability to stay fresh—mentally and physically—thanks to the new indoor practice facility.
But Franchione is quick to point out that he doesn't use the facility more than he has to.
I made all these August practice schedules in June so I go back to the last two or three years and make notes of where we were. We're fresher than we've ever been after 11th practice and I think that's the thing that the indoor has let us have.
"We haven't hidden from the heat," Franchione said. "We've still been out in it, but (the indoor facility) has let us focus and learn better. When it's 100 degrees out there you're trying to stay cool and worrying about that more sometimes than learning your assignments. Our trainers and Coach Cole do a magnificent job of balancing this with us. They have a barometer on it and all of the coaches have input too. If we're going to err, we're going to err on being outside."
The Aggies are hoping that they'll see the effects of improved conditioning and the indoor facility during an 11-game stretch without an off week.
"In this 12 game season, and 11 games in a row without an open date, I think it makes a difference," Franchione said.
David Tufuga Update
Junior college transfer David Tufuga is still getting his feet underneath him in his third day of practice with the team, and he was jumping into drills whenever he could, but Franchione said he still has a ways to go before he's ready to play.
"David's way behind learning how to line up with the call, but we're getting him there enough for him to get a feel for things. I don't know how long it's going to take him to get into a complete flow. But he appears to be one who can pick things up pretty quick."
Franchione was not sure what kind of condition Tufuga was in physically, but plans to continue to watch him closely over the next several practices.
He seems to be pretty comfortable. Misi has taken him under his wing a little bit, I'm sure it's a transition and everything. His wife is leaving today and she'll be back in a couple of weeks but I don't see difficulties right now.
Lane and Goodson doing their homework
Jorvorskie Lane and Mike Goodson decided to watch film of USC's combination of Lyndale White and Reggie Bush, which they said have a lot of similar traits. This year, they said they've implemented a lot of the same things that USC used with so much success.
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