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Florida will now be Texas A&M's season opener



Due to concerns over fan safety with Hurricane Isaac in the Gulf Coast area, school athletic officials have postponed the team's season opener against Louisiana Tech, which had been scheduled for Thursday night.

That means the Aggies will now open the season against Florida on Sept. 8 in College Station - the school's first SEC game.

Louisiana Tech officially released the news on its Twitter account: "For the safety of fans and student-athletes, Louisiana Tech's game vs. Texas A&M has been postponed until Oct. 13."

Both schools previously had bye weeks scheduled on that date.

What that means for both teams remains unclear. Last week TAMU coach Kevin Sumlin named Johnny Manziel as his starting quarterback - the first true freshman to start at QB for the Aggies. That means a kid who has never played a college game will open the season in a historic conference game against the Gators.

On the otherhand, the Gators may have their own QB situation to deal with. Florida still has not named a starter, and offensive coordinator Brent Pease did not completely rule out the possibility of still being undecided next week.

Also, Texas A&M linebacker Steven Jenkins and defensive back Howard Matthews had been suspended for Thursday's game, but it's unclear if that suspension will hold for next week.

If you recall, in 2004 Florida's opener against Middle Tennessee State was postponed due to Hurricane Frances and then-Florida coach Ron Zook postponed former Gator Channing Crowder's suspension, which was scheduled to be served in the first game.

Kevin Sumlin might be trying to figure out if that's an option.



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:13pm]


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