From the day Jimbo Fisher arrived in College Station, everything about Aggie football has been face-paced including Thursday, the first day of Aggie fall camp, where a main focus was tempo.
New head coach Jimbo Fisher said he saw a lot of passion to play and want-to throughout the first day of practice. The first day of Aggie football fall camp was full of energy.
“Tempo. Get reps, get conditioning. You gotta learn to play fast, process fast and move to the next play... whether it’s good or bad, the game is played that way especially with no huddle teams. And we did a lot of no huddle today ourselves.. one, it works our defense, two we’re gonna do it on offense at times at different speeds,” Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher said.
While the team is proud of how day one went, they realize the work has just begun.
“We went out there and had a great day. But honestly as a leader and a captain, I see that we can also improve. We can improve in every area," Trayveon Williams, a junior running back for the Aggies, said. "And to get to the championship level that we want to be, we always have to improve. But today, is day one, you know we have a lot more days to get ready and we’re gonna go out there and do that.”
The strength and conditioning work the Aggies put in over the offseason was evident from the moment they stepped on the field.
“Going through the whole spring and the whole summer, now I can feel that. I feel my body changing getting a lot stronger, a lot faster and now, you know, running between those tackles, you have to be strong. With the SEC, it’s a man’s league,” Williams added.
On the defensive side of the ball, veteran leaders are focusing on the little things... and working to make that the defensive mentality.
“He wants me to be a leader and everything...you know especially for the young guys who come in the first day.. teaching them the little things... just be a leader, play fast,” Kingsley Keke, a senior defensive lineman for the Aggies, said.
Coach Fisher noted the younger guys saw a lot of reps on the first day.
“I think their eyes got opened to the tempo of practice and that the way we practice, they’re all gonna get plenty of reps, just as much as everybody else,” Coach Fisher added.
And a big question still remains on the table. Who will start at QB? Starkel or Mond?
The two currently split reps 50/50. But Jimbo Fisher’s says whoever wins the team, wins the spot.
“Get the team to have confidence in them that that’s who they want to be their quarterback and then play with great consistency and make plays with the ball and take care of it when you need to,” Coach Fisher said.
The Aggies are less than a month away from their season opener at home against Northwestern State on August 30th.
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