Things we learned from Aggies scrimmage 

August, 13, 2012
There are fewer than three weeks before Texas A&M kicks off its 2012 season Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La. On Saturday at Kyle Field, the Aggies held their first full scrimmage of fall training camp. Here's a look at a few things we learned and how they might impact the team moving forward:

" The quarterback battle is truly that: While many assumed that redshirt sophomore Jameill Showers was the leader going into fall camp (and even junior running back Ben Malena referenced Showers' jersey number when talking about pass protection last week), redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel and redshirt sophomore Matt Joeckel each made compelling cases of their own Saturday with strong performances as Showers struggled. Head coach Kevin Sumlin indicated after Saturday's scrimmage that he could name a starter as late as the coming weekend, and if the scrimmage was any indication, this battle is far from over. All three are in the mix and will continue to compete this week, one in which the Aggies have eight practices plus another scrimmage.
Thomas Johnson
Davide De Pas for ESPN.comWide receiver Thomas Johnson has been one of the true freshmen getting first-team reps for Texas A&M.

" The Aggies have a budding star in the backfield: It may be too early to be making grandiose proclamations about true freshman running back Trey Williams, but he certainly didn't disappoint in his first live action in front of Aggies fans. The four-star running back was ranked fifth nationally at his position last year and 56th overall in the ESPN 150 out of Spring (Texas) Dekaney. So far he appears as advertised after rushing for 136 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries (unofficially). He provided the most oohs and ahhs to the onlookers at Kyle Field on Saturday with his swift footwork, balance and agility that allowed him to shake numerous defenders on the way to the end zone. The Aggies already have two quality backs with playing experience (senior Christine Michael and junior Ben Malena) but if Williams continues to get better, the coaching staff might have to make room for the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Williams. And while Williams starred, Michael showed on the few touches he has that he's healthy and ready for his senior season, which could be a good one if he can avoid the injury bug that bit him the last two seasons.
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