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A&M QB says Aggies ready for Husker hostility
■ Randy McCown has taken a
larger than expected role on the
Texas A&M offense this season.
By Darren Ivy
Senior staff writer
After being upset by Texas Tech and
thrashedby Oklahoma, Texas-A&M Gomes into
Lincoln knowing it must win die rest of its con
ference games to have a chance to defend its Big
Standing in its way this week, said senior
quarterback Randy McCown, is a “sound
Nebraska defense with very few weaknesses.”
But McCown said the Aggies, 6-2 and 3-2 in
the Big 12 Conference, can move the ball
against the No. 5 defensive team in the country.
“We are confident in what we can do on
offense,” said McCown, who completed two out
of eight passes for 93 yards in last year’s 28-21
A&M win over NU. “I feel we will be able to get
some big plays.”
Last year the Aggies got an 81-yard touch
down reception from Chris Taylor, a 71-yard run
by fullback Ja’Mar Toombs and a 33-yard
scramble from McCown that set up 21 points.
All three players are back this year.
Blit unlike last year, the Aggies are a more
pass-oriented, team this year, averaging 255
yards per game ami 153 on the ground.
McCown has been die big surprise, averag
ing more than twice as many passing yards per
game this season. His 237 yards per game is on
pace to break A&M’s school record.
But he knows that he must get some help on
“We are definitely going to have to be bal
anced,” he said. “Being in their place, we will
need to have long (hives to take the crowd out of
Running the ball has been a problem this
year for A&M. No back has gone over 100
yards, and last week’s 80-yard performance by
Eric Bernard was the best this season.
Toombs leads the Aggies with 340 yards.
Last year against NU, Toombs was one of two
backs who rushed for more than 100 yards. The
other was Dante Hall, who has missed the last
three games with an injury.
A game-time decision will be made this
week about Hall, McCown said. A healthy Hall
could give a jump-start to the Aggie offense that
has been struggling.
In the last two weeks, A&M has averaged
13.5 points per game as opposed to the 36 points
per game it was putting up in its first six con
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“We are starting to get the guys back that
have been injured,” McCown said. “That is
going to give us a big boost.”
McCown said he expects an “exciting and
really intense” game, but he didn’t think the
Memorial Stadium crowd would affect the
“We have played in many hostile environ
ments, so we are going to be relaxed,” McCown
said. “That is one of the main things we have
learned from all our big games.”
And this definitely will be a big game for
“There is no lack of luster in this game,”
McCown said. “It is a huge game for us, and I
am sure it is for them too.”
f rontcourt players
' 12 list
From staff reports
According to the media who cover
basketball in the Big 12, the top five
players in die conference all have one
thing in common - height. With two
centers, three forwards and no player
under 6-foot-8 on the All-Big 12presea
son teams, it appears the conference’s
strength this season will be post play.
Headlining the media team was 7
foot center Chris Mihm ofTexas. Ape
season All American, the junior was
tabbed as the conference’s preseason
player of the year. Mihm led the nation
with 19 double-doubles last season.
Other players on the first team
included Eric Chenowith of Kansas,
Marcus. Fizer of Iowa State, Eduardo
Najera of Oklahoma and Desmond
Mason of Oklahoma State.
Najera, the only senior in die group,
ted the Soonefs to the Sweet K> lastsea—
Son. Fizer led the Big 12 in scoring last
year, averaging 18 points per game in
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the conference. Mason, like Fizer and
Mihm, was also a preseason pick last
Chenowith helped to lead the
Jayhawks to the Big 12 Conference
Tournament title last year. KU, which
lost fewer than 20 points of scoring per
contest from last year’s team, was the
media’s pick to win the conference.
Texas finished a close second. The
Longhorns, who won the Big 12 regular
season title in 1999, got eight first-place
votes to the Jayhawks’ 17. Oklahoma
State, with six seniors, was the only
other Big 12 team to earn first-place
votes and finished third in the balloting.
Nebraska was tabbed as the sixth
place conference team behind the
Sooners and new Coach Quin Snyder’s
Missouri Tigers. No Huskers merited
votes for the All-Big 12 squad, but
junior college transfers Steffon
Bradford and Danny Walker both
received consideration for the newcom
er of the year award, won by Baylor’s
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