Feb 6 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head football coach Kevin Sumlin attends a basketball game against the Texas Longhorns at Reed Arena. Texas beat Texas A&M 70-68. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Texas A&M Football Fall Camp: Aggies Prepare For SEC Play

Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin has made his first disciplinary move as the Aggies' head coach, suspending two defensive starters a game each.

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Texas A&M Fall Practice: Kevin Sumlin Says Quarterback Race Will Be Settled Soon

There are four viable candidates to start for Texas A&M at quarterback when the Aggies begin life in the SEC on August 30 at Louisiana Tech. Which of those four - Jameill Showers, Johnny Manziel, Matt Joeckel or Matt Davis - is still an unanswered question. In an interview with ESPN, head coach Kevin Sumlin said that his team will have an answer fairly soon:

As for the timetable on officially naming a starter? After practice on Tuesday, Sumlin said the situation will "shake itself out in the next week or so."

Of the four, Showers has the most experience in age and snaps. As a redshirt sophomore, Showers saw actual game time, and is considered by some as the best pure passer. Conversely, the true freshman Davis was called "probably the best pure athlete" of the four by quarterbacks coach and former Texas Tech record-setting QB Kliff Kingsbury.

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Texas A&M Fall Camp: Kevin Sumlin Updates The Aggies

A lot is set to change for the Texas A&M Aggies this season. The two biggest differences are their move to the SEC conference and the team debut of new head coach, Kevin Sumlin.

As the team continues their preseason practices, Sumlin spoke with the media about what he's seen so far.

When talking about the team. Sumlin specifically singled out the defense as the unit he was impressed with. He added that they need to work together and then should be very strong.

The team will put on pads for Monday's practice, something that Sumlin believes will bring out more in a lot of his players.

The season begins on Aug. 30 for the Aggies, when they open on the road against Louisiana Tech. Their first SEC game is at home against Florida on Sept. 8.

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Texas A&M Fall Camp: Hutson Prioleau Giving Up Football

Junior tight end Hutson Prioleau is no longer on the Texas A&M football team according to head coach Kevin Sumlin. Prioleau will remain at A&M as a student but has left the football team for an undisclosed reason.

Sumlin didn't specify the reasoning behind Prioleau's decision. As a sophomore he played in all 13 games for the Aggies and made four starts at tight end finishing with 14 catches, 135 yards and one touchdown. . Nehemiah Hicks and Mike Lamothe are expected to get most of the playing time this season at tight end for the Aggies.

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Texas A&M Fall Camp: Kevin Sumlin Excited For Fall Camp To Begin

The Texas A&M Aggies players and coaches met with the media prior to taking their first fall practice as a member of the SEC. Head coach Kevin Sumlin did not feel nervous approaching his first fall camp with Texas A&M, but he was excited to finally get fall camp going:

"No butterflies, just excitement," Sumlin said. "Particularly in a new job and a new situation....I think it's all of our staff. We have a new staff and you saw guys yesterday starting to get edgy a little bit as coaches. We've only had 15 practices with these guys. So the 29 opportunities that we have before the first game, we've got to maximize those opportunities to get ready to play a very difficult schedule."

One key issue for Texas A&M is their quarterback situation which is wide open since the departure of Ryan Tannehill. Sumlin has four quarterbacks in the mix with Jameill Showers, Johnny Manziel, Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis. The staff will monitor the competition closely, and a final decision will be made two weeks prior to their opener against Louisiana Tech.

Everyone is excited to begin this new era of Texas A&M football, and Sumlin does not see this year as a rebuilding year for Texas A&M, but rather feels this team is ready to win right away and be a good team in the SEC.

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Texas A&M RB Will Randolph Leaves Program, Mutual Decision

Texas A&M sophomore running back Will Randolph is leaving the program. According to a report by ESPN's Sam Khan Jr., it was a mutual decision between Randolph and the team.

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Texas A&M Freshman QB Johnny Manziel Arrested For Fighting

Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was expected to be one of four quarterbacks vying to replace the departed Ryan Tanehill this coming season for Texas A&M. Manziel may have just removed himself from the equation as he was arrested early Friday morning for fighting, failure to identify and for having fake driver's licenses.

The fight began when Manziel's friend used a racial slur toward a 47-year-old African-American man. Once police arrived and broke up the fight, Manziel was arrested and booked into the Brazos County Jail. He was then released Friday afternoon after posting $6,435 bail, but not after having a shirtless mugshot.

The four players battling for the quarterback honors are Jameill Showers, sophomore Matt Joeckel, Manziel and freshman Matt Davis, who is a four-star recruit. Out of these players only Showers has actual game experience.

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Texas A&M Football 2012: Steven Jenkins, Howard Matthews Suspended One Game Each

The first disciplinary action of the Kevin Sumlin era in College Station has occurred, as announced by the Texas A&M football official Twitter feed:

Jenkins is a rising senior linebacker who had 61 tackles and one sack in 13 games last season, starting six, after coming to A&M from Coffeyville CC (Kansas). Matthews is a rising sophomore defensive back, and had 28 tackles and one forced fumble last season, starting two games but appearing in all 13.

The specific cause of the suspension, the standby "team rules violation," was not elaborated upon, nor did the school specify which game the pair would miss. The Aggies open the season August 30 at Louisiana Tech before hosting Florida in Week 2.

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2012 Texas A&M Football Schedule: SEC Slate Reveals Home Games With LSU, Florida

Texas A&M is one of two new permanent members in the SEC in 2012, and the schedule has finally been released for Aggie fans to get a taste of life in college football's greatest conference. It will take some time to get used to life outside of the Big 12, but some great games await the Aggies in 2012.

Home games for the Aggies include LSU, Arkansas and Florida, all of which should be incredible games for fans at home. The Aggies also face plenty of road tests against Auburn and Alabama. You can check out the full slate below.

2012 TEXAS A&M FOOTBALL SCHEDULE:

Aug. 30 vs. Louisiana Tech (Shreveport)

Sept. 8 FLORIDA

Sept. 15 at Southern Methodist

Sept. 22 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

Sept. 29 ARKANSAS

Oct. 6 at Ole Miss

Oct. 20 LSU

Oct. 27 at Auburn

Nov. 3 at Mississippi State

Nov. 10 at Alabama

Nov. 17 SAM HOUSTON STATE

Nov. 24 MISSOURI

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Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne Retires: Details Of Transition Process

On Tuesday, Texas A&M Aggies athletic director Bill Byrne officially announced his retirement at a press conference at Kyle Field. John Thornton, a former Aggies basketball player and coach who had been acting as associate AD, was named as the interim athletic director.

Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle was on hand at the press conference and gathered up some tidbits of information surrounding the move.

The remainder of Byrne's contract will be bought out by the school. Byrne was reportedly very professional when saying goodbye to the front office and challenged the staff to continue to build champions at A&M. From Tuesday through aug. 31 of this year, Byrne will act as "special advisor A&M president."

The athletic director search committee will be headed up by regent Jim Wilson and Jason Cook, who is the A&M VP for marketing and communications.

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Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne Retires: John Thornton To Take Over Position

Texas A&M Aggies athletic director of almost 10 years Bill Byrne is announcing his retirement on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Kyle Field. Texas A&M associate athletic director John Thornton, a former A&M basketball player and coach, will serve as interim athletic director while a search for a long term solution begins, an A&M official told the Houston Chronicle.

Byrne still has a year left on his contract, which pays him $690,000 annually, and he will be paid the money left on that contract which expires in August 2013. Until September 1, Byrne will serve as an assistant to university president R. Bowen Loftin before leaving the university as an employee altogether.

The Byrne retirement had been in the making for a while, but he still helped lead meetings with SEC officials Monday after returning to campus from a trip.

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Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne Retires: Aggies Staff Informed Of Decision At Monday Gathering

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne is announcing his retirement at a press conference at Kyle Field at 12:30 p.m., as he informed his staff on Monday at a social gathering in the university's Lettermen Lounge.

The Houston Chronicle cited a source who said Byrne was "very professional" and a bit emotional in urging his staff to continue "building champions" at A&M. That's been Byrne's motto since he arrived on campus almost 10 years ago with former head football coach Dennis Franchione.

The Chronicle also cited an A&M insider from last December saying Byrne would be gone before the Aggies officially entered the SEC, because of a growing rift between the administration and Byrne, who had defended football coach Mike Sherman all the way up until Sherman's Dec. 1 firing by Loftin. Sherman's firing was also an issue on campus, as the student newspaper The Battalion expressed its disdain as well.

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Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne To Retire Tuesday

The Texas A&M Aggies are going to make the transition to the SEC without their athletic director of almost 10 years, as reports indicate Bill Byrne is set to retire from his position on Tuesday.

There will be a news conference in College Station in which Byrne is expected to discuss his decision and "make an announcement regarding his future" an unknown source told the Associated Press late Monday night.

Byrne's lasting legacy will be making the move to the SEC, which goes officially goes into effect on July 1. The move has been met with mixed reactions, considering how that along with the Texas Longhorns "booked non-conference schedule" puts a hold on the Texas vs. Texas A&M football rivalry that has been a part of the state's history for generations, beginning in 1894 and every year since 1915.

Byrne came to A&M in 2003.

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Texas A&M 'Unaware' Of Kameel Jackson Transfer From Oklahoma, According To Report

Former Oklahoma Sooners receiver Kameel Jackson confirmed via Twitter this weekend that he's leaving the OU program, but early reports that he's headed to College Station might be premature. SoonerScoop.com is reporting that Jackson to Texas A&M is not at a done deal by any measure:

That source tells us A&M, and even head coach Kevin Sumlin, was unaware Jackson was interested in transferring to A&M as of last night.

That same source also said A&M would not be interested in bringing in Jackson as a transfer because of their current situation at the wide receiver position.

That "current situation" involves a verbal commitment from 2013 prospect Jamar Gibson (Baytown, Texas) as well as leads on several other top wideouts nationally, as Kevin Sumlin reworks the A&M offense to a spread attack. Two starters - Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu - will return for the Ags this fall.

SoonerScoop.com also reports that Jackson has not filed the appropriate paperwork to make the OU-to-A&M transfer and is also facing off-field academic issues that would've clouded his eligibility this season. Jackson didn't play in the final spring scrimmage for OU. He had 12 receptions for 165 yards in his true freshman season.

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Oklahoma Wide Receiver Kameel Jackson Transferring To Texas A&M

Texas A&M picks up former four-star wide receiver Kameel Jackson who has decided to transfer from Oklahoma to be able to play closer to home.

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Texas A&M Football 2012: Spring Game In The Books

It's no mystery that Texas A&M fans ought to get used to a lot of offense from their football team under new head coach Kevin Sumlin, and they saw plenty of it in the team's spring game on Saturday, as the White team outlasted the Maroon squad 48-44.

According to ESPN.com Chris Low, sophomore quarterback Jameill Showers "probably had the better spring" than redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel, but each remains a possibility to replace Ryan Tannehill under center.

Receiver Ryan Swope, a senior to-be, was a bright offensive spot, catching eight passes for 156 yards and two scores. Defensively, the Aggies were without a pair of leaders in tackle Jonathan Mathis and safety Steven Campbell.

Texas A&M finished just 7-6 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play last season, prompting the school to move on from head coach Mike Sherman and replace him with Sumlin. Notable offensive pieces to replace as the team moves on to the SEC include Tannehill, receiver Jeff Fuller, and running back Cyrus Grace, who have each moved on to the NFL.

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Texas A&M Football 2012: Ryan Tannehill's Replacement Still Undetermined

The Texas A&M Aggies have just wrapped up their spring workouts. One of the biggest questions surrounding the team is who will take over as the starting quarterback in 2012. Former starter Ryan Tannehill is projected to be the No. 3 quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft, leaving a large vacancy at the position.

According to Jason Kirk of SB Nation, the spring sessions have made little headway toward determining a clear-cut candidate to take over the starting QB role in the upcoming season. Jameill Showers, Matt Joeckel, Johnny Manziel and incoming recruit Matt Davis are all up for the job. Head coach Kevin Sumlin had this to say about the situation:

"We don't have a starting quarterback right now," he said. "What you saw Saturday is we've got some capable guys but they have to understand their strengths and weaknesses. ... That's not to say Jameill couldn't do it. We've had a little more time than the public did in the hour and a half they saw the other day."

Showers is the only candidate among the four who has game time experience, although that may not end up being the determining factor if one of the others can make and argument for himself during the lead-up to the 2012 season.

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Jameill Showers Is Early Leader In Quarterback Battle After First Scrimmage

One of the high priority items this spring for the Texas A&M Aggies was to find a replacement for quarterback Ryan Tannehill is off to the NFL. The battle has been between Jameill Showers, sophomore Matt Joeckel and then freshmen Johnny Manziel and Matt Davis.

Showers is looking like the front runner for the starting position after the teams first scrimmage on Saturday afternoon due to his strong arm, but it is still early as this was the first scrimmage of spring.

Overall the scrimmage did not go as well as new head coach Kevin Sumlin wanted:

"I wasn't real happy with the tempo today," Sumlin said. "It can be faster, and guys have got to understand that."

"If anything I was a little disappointed with our energy level."

The best position group in the first scrimmage was wide receivers where Nate Askew, LeKendrick Williams, Malcome Kennedy and Mike Evans all played well.

There was only one injury on Saturday which came to running back Will Randolph who left with an undisclosed leg injury.

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Texas A&M Spring Practice 2012: RB Christine Michael Is A Surprise Participant

Spring practice began for the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday and running back Christine Michael was taking part. This is quite amazing since Michael is just over four months removed from tearing his ACL.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin talked about Michael's progression and is very pleased with the progress he has made:

"He's way ahead of where I thought he would be," Sumlin said of Michael's rehabilitation from the knee injury. "I had to tell him to go sit down, and I look back up and he's back in there."

Sumlin added that he's going to "have to have a meeting with (Michael), but a good meeting. He wants to play."

Michael will be limited in spring practice as to not overwork his surgically repaired knee so that he can be ready for the season opener on Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech, but more importantly their first ever SEC game the following week against the Florida Gators.

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Texas A&M Spring Practice 2012: Kevin Sumlin Glad To Finally Be Coaching

The Texas A&M Aggies began spring practice with a lot of newness on Saturday with the SEC patch on their practice uniform and new head coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin was extremely happy to start spring drills since he no longer is just talking and giving speeches:

"This is great for me, because I'm off the speaking tour," a smiling Sumlin said of finally starting spring drills. "Now I get to coach football and don't have to go all over the place. That's the reason I'm here - not to make speeches and do all of that stuff but to coach football.

"For me, personally, this was a lot of fun."

With this being the first spring practice there was not a lot of information about who will replace Ryan Tannehill at quarterabck, and being the first practice that was to be expected. The only information was that the race is wide open between sophomores Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel plus freshmen Johnny Manziel and Matt Davis.

One difference in the spring practices under Sumlin is the tempo of practice and linebacker Sean Porter talks about that in a post practice interview:


The annual Marron and White game will be played at Kyle Field on April 28.

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