COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M has completed two weeks of spring practices, and the Aggies gave fans their first extended look at the 2013 edition of the squad Saturday during an open scrimmage at Kyle Field. There was evidence that several Aggies are making positive strides. Here are five who have seen their stock rise in the first half of spring ball:
Nate Askew: This spring has been one of real transition for the senior, who has been a receiver for the balance of his career but has been shifted to outside linebacker. So far the 6-foot-4, 220-pound player appears to be adapting well. He spent most of his time Saturday with the first-team defense and made some plays, including an interception of Johnny Manziel. He still has a ways to go, but Askew is making progress.
Reggie Chevis: Size-wise, the true freshman looks like he was built to be an inside linebacker (the 6-2 Houston product is likely hovering around 250 pounds) and Saturday he saw time with both the first team and second team at middle linebacker. Though junior Donnie Baggs is the likely favorite to start this fall at the position, Chevis certainly is showing why he was heavily recruited.
Germain Ifedi: The right guard spot was one of the position battles to watch coming into the spring, and so far it looks like Ifedi is maintaining a hold on it. A redshirt freshman, the Houston product brings a ton of size (6-5, 304) and looks like he could be a real asset to the Aggies' offensive front, should he continue to improve.
Floyd Raven: The junior has spent most of his Texas A&M career as a corner but is working at safety this spring, something the Aggies' coaches hope pays off big. Raven is fast and physical and showed a nose for the ball, intercepting a pass and nearly picking off another. If he can stay within the confines of the defense, he could excel at the position.
Brandon Williams: The transfer from Oklahoma had a touchdown run and showed some nice moves when he had the football during Saturday's scrimmage. He got extensive work during the scrimmage with both the first and second-team offenses. He has elite speed and that will be an asset to the Aggies' backfield if he continues to play well.