"What, we need special teams?" -- Kevin Sumlin, probably (Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE)
The Aggies may be gone, but that doesn't mean they're forgotten. Or that they've stopped doing amusing things.
Impetus explained, prepare yourself for this -- on Friday, the Aggies held an informational meeting in advance of open tryouts for some help on special teams:
Current TAMU students: Tomorrow 8/24 @ 12pm in Bright, we are having an informational meeting for Deep Snapper and K/P walk-on tryouts!— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) August 23, 2012
I'd like to think that at some point in the last several days, the Aggie coaches were sitting around preparing for the season, when one of them realized that they didn't have a kicker, punter, or deep snapper. Chaos ensued. Panic.
In reality, it probably didn't go down like that. Tackle Jake Matthews has been working at both of the snapping positions now for several weeks, but it seems the coaching staff would at least like some depth there.
As for the other two positions, this seems to be the latest:
Sumlin said freshman Taylor Bertolet has established himself as the kicker and Ryan Epperson has come on strong as the punter, but that there is still competition going on at the positions.
The coaches are apparently not satisfied. Or interested in providing much warning for the tryout, which was tweeted out less than 24 hours before it was scheduled to take place.
Like Texas, A&M lost their kicker from last season, Randy Bullock in the case of the Aggies, so both teams are in a similar situation. With Penn State transfer Anthony Fera injured, Texas fans may not have a lot of room to poke fun, but, well, at least the Longhorn staff tried to address those potential needs during the offseason, throwing some numbers at the kicking positions. Seems like the best time to try to adding kicking game depth. But I'm no college football coach.
h/t Total Frat Move