Reese: Aggies 'Have Nothing To Lose'

It can be harder to defend a 4-7 Texas A&amp;M than if the Aggies were still playing for the post-season, defensive coordinator <B>Carl Reese </B>said Thursday. There is no reason not to expect the reeling Farmer to throw everything at Texas in one of those throw-out-the-record-book games slated for Kyle Field, Friday, Nov. 28.

"They’ve got nothing to lose," Reese said. "Who knows? They could change their offense. They could try to do a little of the shotgun and the run-and-shoot."

All that one can know for sure is an upset win over Texas would be the only bright spot in head coach Dennis Franchione’s first-year that included historic losses to Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

"You’ve got a chance to wipe out some things and go through the winter and get all that straight," Reese said. "(An upset win) would be a big leap for them. We’re going to get ready for their best shot."

The depth-thin Aggies have shot themselves in the foot with untimely penalties and critical injuries in 2003. That’s part of the reason why they've now dropped six-of-13 home games at once impregnable Kyle Field. Still, Reese does not easily dismiss the presence of the Twelfth Man at A&M home homes.

"College Station is a tough place to play," Reese said. "(The stands) are close. It’s noisy. Your offense can’t get your checks and audibles, so they’ve got a field advantage there."

The only part of the Texas’ game plan that Reese divulged was that the team will not lodge at the same Ramada Inn that made for an unpleasant stay in 1999. Players and coaches received prank calls throughout the night and awoke to discover that hotel staff had nor prepared a promised pre-game breakfast.

"That was fun," Reese deadpanned. "We all got calls. We all went through that. Then we went down for the pre-game (meal) and there was no pre-game. Nobody was in the kitchen. Everything was turned off. Not a soul was in sight. But we’re going to do something other than stay in the Ramada Inn of College Station."

Reese praised A&M QB Reggie McNeal, whom some contend has not developed as a signalcaller since leading the 30-26 upset of Oklahoma last season. In his defense, the sophomore has gone through three offensive coordinators in two seasons. But the Aggies have staggered to a 4-9 mark since the improbable OU upset last November.

Specifically, McNeal has displayed an "overall knowledge of what’s happening and where to be," Reese said. "He’s maturing as a quarterback, particularly in knowing where to throw the football. His favorite play is to carry the ball with his feet."

Texas coaches will work on the game plan for A&M this weekend while giving players a three-day pass before returning to practice Monday.

Note: Longhorn lettermen Aaron Humphrey (1996-99) and Maurice Gordon (2000-2001) were guests at practice.

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