Texas A&M Aggies: Corbin Berkstresser

SEC lunchtime links

August, 8, 2013
"College Football Live" and its Summer Tour stops in Alabama today. Tom Rinaldi and Todd McShay will check in on Nick Saban, AJ McCarron and Co. Catch them throughout the day on "SportsCenter" and on CFB Live at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Here are some other things from around the SEC that you may find interesting.
  • Alabama's deep group of receivers may make this year's offense one of the best in school history, receiver Kenny Bell says.
  • Auburn fullback Jay Prosch draws strength from his faith and family as he tries to overcome his mother's death.
  • Georgia's offense didn't exactly light it up in the Bulldogs' first scrimmage.
  • LSU is trying to make sure its players act responsibly when using social media.
  • Kentucky forced just 13 turnovers last season and the Wildcats are making that a point of emphasis during the preseason.
  • Vanderbilt receiver Jonathan Krause is trying to rebound from a season in which he was the forgotten man on offense.
  • Florida having a successful season doesn't hinge on the quarterback, receivers or offensive line. It depends on how well the linebackers develop. The Gators did lose one of the country's top kick returners on Wednesday when the school announced that Andre Debose had suffered a torn ACL.
  • Texas A&M running back Ben Malena is a steadying force in the Aggies' backfield.
  • Five former college quarterbacks weigh in on how they believe Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel has handled his success.
  • Missouri still hasn't settled on a starting quarterback. James Franklin, is trying to hold off redshirt freshman Maty Mauk and sophomore Corbin Berkstresser.
  • Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is frustrated with quarterback Bo Wallace's decision making.
  • TCU coach Gary Patterson took a shot at LSU coach Les Miles for reinstating running back Jeremy Hill after allowing teammates to vote to return to the team.

Film review: Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29 

November, 26, 2012
Texas A&M closed out its regular season with a dominant 59-29 win over Missouri on Saturday at Kyle Field. Once again, the Aggies shined on both ends of the ball en route to taking a commanding 42-0 lead. They've been a quick start team all year and Saturday was no different. They took a 21-0 lead to 42-0 in the second quarter with several big plays. Here's a look at three of their second quarter plays that were indicative of not only their success on Saturday, but why they've been successful all season:

[+] EnlargeDe'Vante Harris
Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesFreshman cornerback De'Vante Harris has 25 tackles and an interception for the Aggies this season.
Situation: Missouri ball, third-and-3 at its own 32. (10:58 left, second quarter
Score: Texas A&M 28, Missouri 0
Result: Pass completion from Corbin Berkstresser to Marcus Lucas, fumble, recovered by Toney Hurd.

Staff prediction: Texas A&M vs. Mizzou

November, 23, 2012
Damontre MooreBrendan Maloney/US PresswireDamontre Moore and the Aggies defensive line will be counted on to disrupt Missouri's passing game.
Texas A&M 48, Missouri 20

How Missouri performs likely will hinge on the health of quarterback James Franklin, who is a game-time decision, according to coach Gary Pinkel. Franklin suffered a concussion in the Tigers' 31-27 loss to Syracuse, but even if he's healthy enough to play, look for the Aggies to come away with this one. They're playing at a high level, they're at home and they have redemption on their minds after being defeated by Missouri at Kyle Field each of the last two seasons.

The Tigers have a talented, explosive collection of receiving talents and will test the Aggies' secondary, but they'll also have to find an answer for redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who wasn't around for those last two defeats and will have a chance to put the final touches on his resume for Heisman Trophy voters.

If Franklin doesn't start for Missouri, it will be redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser getting his fourth start of the year.

Player to watch

Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Regardless of which quarterback plays for the Tigers, the key to keeping the talented Missouri receiving group from having a big day will be quarterback pressure from the Aggies' defensive front. Few have played at the level Moore has all season long. The junior is tied for the nation's lead in sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (20). He'll be looking to add to those numbers on Saturday and close out what has been a terrific regular season.


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