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TRAINING CAMP REPORT: Tailbacks Battle Shaping Up

Posted Thursday, August 14, 2008 by staff

(Photo: left to right- Brister, Mendoza, McCaskill, Hussey)

Aggie head football coach Mike Wyatt has a good problem on his hands through the first five practices of the 2008 football season.  He is trying to determine who will get the lion’s share of playing time at tailback when the Aggies open the season on August 30.  Returnees Darryl Brister, a redshirt freshman from John Curtis Christian Academy in New Orleans and Jose Mendoza of Converse Judson in Texas are battling with newcomers Zacchaeus McCaskill of Altus, Oklahoma, and Cody Hussey of Lumberton, Texas.      All have demonstrated in early going that they are more than capable.

“We have a whole season in front of us, so it is good that we have four backs that are as talented as these four.  Believe you me; it is a good problem to have.” Stated Wyatt.

Brister comes from one of the nation’s most storied high school football programs in John Curtis Christian Academy and helped lead his team to a state championship in 2006.  Last season, Brister red-shirted and was largely responsible for helping the Aggie defense get ready last fall while playing on the scout team.

Mendoza, an equally exceptional athlete also red-shirted when he pulled a hamstring only a few days into training camp last fall.  Along with Brister, he made some highlight runs last season on the Aggie  scout team and the Converse Judson star is looking to do that on Saturday’s this fall.  He is the nephew of Turpin High head coach and former Aggie star linebacker Mario Mendoza.

A couple of newcomers are also making their presence felt.  Former Oklahoma All Stater, Zacchaeus McCaskill from Altus who transferred from the University of Kansas has shown some spark in early drills, as has, Cody Hussey, a  4A All Stater from Texas who was the Beaumont area offensive player of the year.

All look to be cut from the same mold, as well as they all are in the 5-9”-185/190 lb. range.  They all seem to possess excellent vision and balance and all can catch the ball coming out of the backfield.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but it makes it a lot of fun to watch these guys perform in practice.  I am anxious to see it on Carl Wooten Field, as opposed to the practice field.” Wyatt added.


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