Saturday, September 8, 2007

Grading the 'Dogs: at Texas A&M

Quarterbacks: B
Brandstater's second-half performance was nothing less than an A, but throwing the early interception, the intentional grounding safety and getting shut out in the first half put the team in hole. Still, his 260 yards passing on 21 of 31 with 3 TDs should give fans high hopes for his potential.

Running Backs: C
Three fumbles by Smith were very costly, as was early injury to Miller. Mathews continued to shine with 66 yards on 11 carries, but also was injured. Harding got done what he needed to but averaged just 2.1 yards per carry.

Receivers: A-
Pascoe shows the nation just how good he is with 3 TDs and 70 yards on 7 catches. Moore turned in another big game with 4 catches for 52 yards, but fumbled the ball again trying to stretch from the 1-yard line to the end zone. Crawley's courage over the middle will be a big asset.

Offensive Line: B
Pass blocking was amazing with no sacks allowed, and Jackson playing the second half in place of McDowell, but run blocking was suspect.

Defensive Line: B-
With Shirley out, Ramos and Banks stepped up, and Ike and Clutts each had 9 tackles. But Lane ran it down the Bulldogs' throats in crunch time.

Linebackers: B
Jacobs, Riley and Brown combined for 45 tackles, but the Aggies finished with 318 yards rushing. The corps was very disciplined at times, and showed it might turn into the WAC's best.

Defensive Backs: A
Harris, Haynes, Bell, Jefferson and Owens were contributing the the run-stopping and along with Jenkins held the Aggies to 79 yards passing. Can't ask for a better performance than that.

Special Teams: C
Stitser has to correct his inconsistency, with two missed field goals, but 'Dogs also blocked an Aggies attempt. Kickoff coverage was solid allowing 20 yards per return. Zimmerman averaged 40 yards per punt and pinned one inside the 20-yard line.

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