Fall camp MVPs - Offense

Who stood out on offense this fall? Who are key guys to watch for who showed signs of brilliance over the last few weeks. Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp was there for all the practices and he's got his list of MVPs on offense.

Cyrus Gray, running back
With Mike Goodson out for part of the camp with an injury, Cyrus Gray stole the show and continued to make explosive play after explosive play throughout the camp, including two extremely exciting plays in the scrimmage on Thursday night that resulted in touchdowns. He was the story of fall camp, and performed day in and day out like a seasoned veteran. He's got the speed and explosiveness of Mike Goodson, and runs routes like a wide receiver. He will be a key component for the Aggies this year, and if Goodson comes back in 2009, it will be quite a fight for the starting tailback position.

Stephen McGee, quarterback
How could you forget the way Stephen McGee shined in the Texas game last November at Kyle Field. Well…McGee is going to make sure you don't. He has shown the same ability to fling the ball all over the field, and threw just two interceptions over the course of the fall camp—one was a tipped ball by a receiver, and the other didn't happen until the final scrimmage on Thursday night at Kyle Field. If the offensive line can stay healthy and give him time to throw the ball this season, he's got playmakers like Mike Goodson, Cyrus Gray, Jeff Fuller, Jamie McCoy, Howard Morrow and Pierre Brown that could help him vault into serious NFL draft discussions—and what a great ambassador he would be for Texas A&M football.

Bradley Stephens, running back
Unlike Gray, Stephens didn't jump out to the quick start after impressing fans this spring, but by the end of camp—and specifically, the scrimmage on Thursday night—Stephens looks like another explosive player that can carry the rock for the Aggies. He made moves on Thursday night that left the Aggie faithful ooh'ing and ahh'ing on the west side of the field. He may not be quite as explosive as Gray and Goodson, but he is probably a better runner between the tackles. Stephens could have one of those seasons where he finishes with 500-700 yards, but does it quietly while Gray and Goodson have more of the big homerun type plays.

Mike Goodson, running back
What a thrill it's been to watch Goodson get the ball in open space—which makes him one of the toughest guys to tackle in college football. No longer is he running the option (to the short side of the field). He's catching screen passes and taking them to the house. He's lining up in the slot and burning defensive backs. Goodson will thrive in this new offense as long as he stays healthy. Sherman is not afraid to go deep, which will leave Goodson and the rest of the Aggies' explosive backfield open underneath at times, giving them opportunities to make big plays in open space.

WHO TO WATCH:

Jeff Fuller, wide receiver
The 6-foot-4 wide out was somewhat inconsistent throughout the fall camp, but over the last week or so of practice, his hands improved dramatically, and he made the play of the game in Thursday night's scrimmage, getting behind the defensive back and making a diving catch on a beautiful ball from Stephen McGee. If the light truly has come on for Fuller, he could be a big time playmaker for the A&M offense.

Jamie McCoy, tight end
The former quarterback, turned wide receiver, turned tight end had a great spring. He was catching balls from McGee as if they had played together for years. He struggled at times in the fall catching the ball as well, but is another player who has worked on that and improved this week, hauling in two touchdowns on Thursday night in the team's final scrimmage of the year. He gained weight over the summer and if he can regain the consistency he showed catching the ball in the spring, he could be one of McGee's go-to receivers.




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