TWO BITS: Texas A&M schedule, Mann moved

By Adam Silverstein
August 29, 2012

1 » The Texas A&M Aggies, with their week two game against the Florida Gators set to be their first-ever league contest as a member of the Southeastern Conference, will now open their entire 2012 campaign against Florida after their season opener set for Aug. 30 was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Issac. The storm, which is currently heading through Louisiana, forced Louisiana Tech (Texas A&M’s week one opponent) to call off the game and reschedule it for Oct. 13, which luckily was a bye week for both programs. The adjustment gives the Aggies at least four additional days to prepare for the Gators, which will host Bowling Green on Sept. 1 before travelling the following week to College Station, TX for the showdown on Sept. 8.

2 » According to The Gainesville Sun, Florida freshman Jafar Mann has been moved from defensive tackle to offensive guard effective immediately. Mann, a three-star prospect who was likely set to redshirt anyway this season (but now almost certainly will), is being moved from a position of depth to one of relative weakness. The move may or may not have been pushed forward by the Gators coaching staff after the team lost a commitment from 2013 three-star Joshua Outlaw earlier this month. Florida only has two offensive linemen committed for next season and may not have more than one more player on their board for the next six months.

UPDATE: Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn explained Wednesday that moving Mann was done to work him out at both positions and see where he performs better. He could wind up back at defensive tackle when all is said and done.

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