Aggies prepare for "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07
The Texas A&M Football Team wrapped up their 10th practice of the spring Wednesday afternoon. This will be there last practice before the “Friday Night Lights” scrimmage on Friday at Kyle Field.
“If you’re not fired up for that one, what can you get fired up for?” linebackers Coach Matt Wallerstedt said. “I think they’re anxious to showcase our second really big scrimmage in front of the fans. Things are going in the right direction and we’re looking for big things Friday night.”
Freshman safety Howard Matthews said he, too, was excited for the scrimmage on Friday.
“It’s been awhile since I played under some lights, it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” Matthews said. “There will be kind of a game type feeling, atmosphere. We just need to go out there execute, have fun, hit some guys, and do our job. We’re gonna be fine.”
Sophomore defensive lineman Damontre Moore said the scrimmage should be a lot of fun.
“I’m really excited,” Moore said. “I haven’t had a night game in a long time and Coach Snider tells us to treat every scrimmage like a game. There’s gonna be a lot of people, we’re just really excited to see what it’s gonna be like.”
Recruits will be able to attend the scrimmage, a highlight the coaches hope will encourage the recruits to eventually come and play at A&M.
“Recruiting is the future of this program, we’ve got to get big players in here,” Wallerstedt said. “We’re building for the future and hopefully we can get some of these guys to jump on board with us.”
The team continues to transition in every practice to where they want to be for the first game under head coach Kevin Sumlin.One of the biggest transitions will be on the offensive side of the ball and replacing former quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
“I think we’re gaining strides every day, getting better,” junior offensive lineman Jake Matthews said. “We have to keep pushing it and if we do that, we’re gonna be successful.”
Wallerstedt, who has been a defensive coordinator most recently at Air Force, said he is looking forward to returning A&M to its former “Linebacker U of the South” status, famous for the Linebackers they produce, much like Penn State, the one and only “Linebacker U.”
“When you’re a coach, there are a few schools that you if get the opportunity to come to, you would jump at. This is one of them for me,” Wallerstedt said. “I know how this place can be on game day,” Wallerstedt said of his experiences as an All American at Kansas State “and that’s exciting for everybody. They say the press box sways, and it does sway. That’s pretty awesome.”
Wallerstedt added that the opportunity to coach the linebackers and help bring back “something special” to A&M is exciting.
“Friday Night Lights” will take place at 8 p.m. this Friday night at Kyle Field and is open to the public.