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A&M RB Williams Will Have To Redshirt, But Starter Michael Supremely Confident

Texas A&M and running back Brandon Williams got the news they expected yesterday when the NCAA officially denied the former Oklahoma Sooner a hardship waiver.  Instead of playing immediately for the Aggies, the sophomore will redshirt.

Williams played as a true freshman at OU last year, so he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns.  His request for a waiver was initially turned down on August 2nd, but A&M appealed.  Now that appeal has been shot down, too.  But with Christine Michael back as the starter and five-star freshman Trey Williams in the running back corps, the denied waiver shouldn’t hurt too much.  Unless the Aggies have a ton of bad luck with injuries.

Kevin Sumlin said via statement: “We appreciate the NCAA’s consideration of our appeal in the case of Brandon Williams.  We knew this was a possibility and Brandon will continue to work out with our team and help our team get better.  We look forward to him playing in maroon and white in 2013.”

As for Michael, the Aggies’ starter, he’s not lacking confidence as his team enters SEC play.  “All I know is I’m going to go out there and play with passion and aggression and play as if I’m the best running back,” he told The Houston Chronicle.  “Not just in this league, but going into the NFL.”

 

(A sidenote to A&M fans… we’re currently working on an overall redesign of the site and for some reason the Aggie team page just doesn’t want to accept stories at the moment.  Yes, any A&M-related material will appear on the homepage, but please bear with us as we try to exorcise the ghosts from our Aggie-page machine.)

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SEC Headlines – 4/23/12

1.  Want to start the week with a positive story?  Try this: Auburn fans are still helping Tuscaloosa recover from last year’s tornadoes.

2.  Several ex-LSU’ers may have to wait to hear their names called at this week’s NFL draft.

3.  Johnthan Banks (correct spelling) got a look at wideout during MSU’s spring game on Saturday.

4.  The losers of the Maroon-White Game — the white team — spent yesterday cleaning up the stadium.

5.  Texas A&M fans probably won’t see 5-star tailback Brandon Williams until 2013, but Kevin Sumlin says “he’s as advertised.”

6.  Kentucky has expressed interest in Xavier transfer Mark Lyons… along with Arizona and Kansas.

7.  Tennessee made progress in switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense this spring.

8.  Another win for James Franklin: Vanderbilt has approved the construction of a multipurpose indoor practice facility.

9.  This story is told from a Pac-12 slant, but it’s a great look at how ADs conduct their coaching searches.  Interesting read.

10.  Spring practice is a time for teams — starters, backups and walk-ons — to improve.  It’s not a time for fans… so can we scrap the idea of teams playing one another in spring games already?

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