Archive for Saturday, September 2, 2000

Quarterback Farris ringleader for new-look Aggies against Irish

September 2, 2000


— R.C. Slocum spent some time after last season mixing and matching his Texas A&M; offense.

He added assistant head coach Larry Kirksey with his background in the West Coast offense. Pete Hoener gave up the offensive coordinator's job at Iowa State to be the Aggies' running backs coach.

Slocum selected Mark Farris as the starting quarterback and added speed with junior college wide receiver Robert Ferguson.

"We've got a new quarterback and a new secondary," Slocum said.

Slocum's new Aggies debut today in their season opener against Notre Dame.

"We're going up there to win. Mark Farris is our quarterback and we expect him to play well," Slocum said.

While injuries have mounted in the defensive line and secondary, the Aggies are deep at receiver and running back going into South Bend, Ind.

"We want to be as multiple as possible and have continuity with our running and passing," said offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe. "We want to get the ball in the hands of the players who will make things happen."

The Aggies expect Farris, who gave up a career in minor baseball, and Ferguson to be two of the players making things happen.

Returning wide receivers Chris Taylor and running backs Richard Whitaker, Ja'Mar Toombs and Joe Weber also will be key offensive ingredients for the Aggies.

"We have a lot of weapons on offense and our size is a little better so I think we're going to use all of our receivers and hopefully mix things up a little," Ferguson said. "Coming from junior college was more of a mental leap for me. I know I have the ability to play here."

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