Sherman: Tannehill No Longer Reciever?

Mark SmithContributor IAugust 25, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs the ball against the Texas Longhorns on November 27, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 49-9. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

As most of the Aggie faithful already know, Jerrod Johnson has won the head to head competition against sophomore Ryan Tannehill and has been named starter for Texas A&M's home opener against the New Mexico Lobos.

It is not much of a shock considering Head Coach Mike Sherman has repeatedly stated that Tannehill needed a "knockout punch" to unseat the incumbent starter.

So what does Sherman do now with the ultra-talented QB/WR? He did set school records at the receiver position during his freshman campaign. For now, Sherman plans to keep Tannehill donning a baseball cap and calling in plays this fall.

Tannehill is too talented to remain on the sidelines the entire season. So expect him to contribute in some way, just not like he did last year.

This has to be quite a gut-wrenching move by Sherman for most Aggie fans if you ask me. How does a team that went 4-8 last season and who faces a more difficult schedule this year, leave talent like Tannehill's on the sideline. Well, I'll tell you.

Through a few practices that I have gone to this summer, the fans of Aggieland are going to be quite surprised by the young crop of wide receivers that Sherman has recruited and brought into the fold.

Uzoma Nwachukwu, Brandal Jackson, and Kenric McNeal have all consistently performed this camp and have looked pretty sharp. Uzoma, who has been going by "EZ", regularly out jumps defenders for the ball and looks to be a solid No. 2.

McNeal has been quite spectacular as a possession type receiver. I saw him in the opening week of camp make a great one-handed catch across the middle of the field.

Howard Morrow has finally played to a level we all expected of him the last three years (he better, seeing how this is his last year to do so).

Terrance McCoy did pretty well last year and we can expect him to be better with the amount of competition he has had this camp.

Let us not forget our TE's.

Jamie McCoy did pretty well and figures to be among the best TE's in the conference if he continues to play as he did last year.

But the emergence of freshman Hutson Prioleau gives the Aggies a solid weapon. More than once Prioleau has shown his ability to get the "hard yardage" by dragging up to three or four defenders before finally going down.

Rest easy Aggie faithful. Put a little faith in Sherman and see what he does this year.

Remember that horrible feeling you had when we had to rely on our back-up QB's as WR's? We never thought it would turn out that Tannehill would be the stud he became.

This year, Sherman does not have rely on the sophomore backup. If you ask me, that's a great thing.

If I am an Aggie fan, and I am, I would be more worried about defending the pass this year. Depth at DT and corner is nonexistent. If you ask this old high school coach, those two positions go hand in hand.

The Aggies will be much improved this year, but that may be overshadowed by their inability to defend the pass in a conference that airs it out more than any other.


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