COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M went through its second practice of the fall on Saturday evening at the Coolidge Practice Fields and there were plenty of nuggets dispersed by coach Kevin Sumlin, offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and defensive coordinator Mark Snyder after practice to chew on. Among them:
• Snyder said sophomore defensive back Deshazor Everett has been working exclusively at cornerback so far. Everett, a 6-foot, 176-pound athlete from DeRidder, La., has the ability to play both cornerback and safety. Snyder said the time will come for Everett to work at both, but for now the staff is giving him a chance to win the starting job at one of the corner spots.
"We're trying to figure out if he's going to be our starting corner," Snyder said. "At some point in time though, he's going to have to become a dual player for us, especially when we go to nickel, so hopefully we can get that done. But for right now, we're keeping him at corner to see if he can win that spot."
• One player who has caught the eye of Kingsbury is redshirt freshman receiver Mike Evans. The Galveston (Texas) Ball High product is 6-5, 218 and spent most of his high school career on the hardwood playing basketball before electing to try football as a senior in high school. Kingsbury likes Evans' progress.
"He's been really impressive," Kingsbury said. "We kick ourselves because we didn't offer him a scholarship at the University of Houston, which is unbelievable to me. But for a guy who has only played two years, he's really bought in. And the work at it since we got here day one and now is night and day, and he's really done a good job and I expect big things from him."
• Nobody has stepped to the forefront quite yet in the quarterback battle, according to Kingsbury. With the team working out without pads in the first two days, Kingsbury has had positive takeaways from the group.
"I think they all worked hard this summer and they're competing just like they did in spring," Kingsbury said. "So we'll keep rolling and we'll find a starter."
A few personnel notes:
Michael Lamothe and Nehemiah Hicks are competing at the tight end spot, but the position is a tad thinner now, as junior tight end Hutson Prioleau has left the team. Sumlin said the two met Friday and Prioleau decided that he will no longer play for the Aggies, but he will remain in school."We sat down and talked about it and he's decided that that's it for him," Sumlin said. "He's going to stay in school and graduate."
Prioleau, a 6-4, 251-pound athlete from Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal, caught 14 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown last season as a sophomore while playing in all 13 games, including three starts. He was a second-team All-Academic Big 12 selection as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
Freshman defensive lineman Alonzo Williams participated in practice with the team for the first time on Saturday. Williams, a 2012 signee out of Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic, will participate in workouts while the staff awaits word from the NCAA regarding his eligibility. The school has applied for a waiver on his behalf to allow him to participate while the NCAA completes its process.
Senior receiver Brandal Jackson is not a part of the 105-man roster that is participating in camp, Sumlin said. Sumlin did not say why."He's still on scholarship and he's still on the team but he has not invited into camp to start with with the 105," Sumlin said.
Sumlin said redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel has continued to do what the staff has asked of him to participate with the team in practices in the wake of his June arrest on charges of fighting and and possessing a fake ID while in the Northgate bar district."We've been handling that, like I said, internally," Sumlin said. "He has some things that he has had to accomplish so far to even get back to practice. He's taking care of those and he has some more things that he's got to do to continue to stay in good graces. So that's where we are with that."