Texas A&M's sixth spring practice reveals new competition at center

Practice No. 6 for Texas A&M football took place on Tuesday, with most media members present. Outside of the health of presumed starting quarterback Conner Weigman, there's plenty for Aggie fans to be excited about ahead of head coach Mike Elko's inaugural season.

One storyline that has received little attention thus far has been starting center Bryce Foster's continued absence during the last two spring periods due to his responsibilities in track & field in the discus event.

While this is appropriate on its face, his lack of availability amid the coaching change, especially concerning getting to know new OL coach Adam Cushing from a scheme perspective and gaining symmetry in the trenches, is something to monitor. With plenty of competition already in the works, GigEm247's Carter Karels noted the players who are already competing for the backup and possibly starting center spot.

Heading into his redshirt sophomore season, versatile guard Mark Nabou started at left guard for most of the 2023 season, including several starts at center due to Foster's injury issues. He looked natural in both positions.

Karels also noted that transfer OL Darian Hinton and incoming redshirt freshman TJ Shanahan are also taking reps at center, at least providing adequate depth at one of the most critical positions connected to any quarterback's lasting health.

Bryce Foster's 2023 season was average at best, but that doesn't mean he still doesn't have what it takes to excel in the interior. However, perhaps the coaching staff should consider a potential change to guard due to his natural strength and size—something to consider.

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