Texas A&M true freshman tight end Baylor Cupp suffered a broken left ankle during the Aggies first fall scrimmage Monday and will be sidelined for “a while,” A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher said.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Cupp had his left leg rolled up on during the simulated game, resulting in the fracture, Fisher said. Cupp underwent surgery Tuesday to put a plate between his tibia and ankle, Fisher said.
“He was playing really good football,” Fisher said. “He was actually having a really good scrimmage. He’s doing a really nice job, so we hate to see that, but you know, he’ll get healed up and get back. He’s still going to be one heck of a player and he was having a heck of a game.”
Cupp, a Brock High School alumnus, was the top-rated tight end in the country, according to 247Sports.com and a consensus four-star recruit. He pulled in 20 catches for 492 yards his senior season, earning an Under Armor All-America nod.
Sophomore tight end Glenn Beal continued to take first-team reps during practice Tuesday, with true freshman Jalen Wydermyer, out of Dickinson, and sophomore Camron Horry taking second- and third-team reps.
“We’ve got plenty of tight ends," Fisher said. "Our young tight ends are really good. Beal is really talented. Wydermyer is really talented. It’s a good set up for those guys.”
Horry, who had shifted to defensive line before last season, stood out during Monday’s scrimmage, catching two touchdowns, Fisher said.
“He can run and he’s got ball skills,” Fisher said of the son of NBA standout Robert Horry. “He’s athletic and long. He can stick his foot in the ground and he can be a physical guy.”
The position is up for grabs this season after the early departure of one-year standout Jace Sternberger to the Green Bay Packers via the 2019 NFL Draft. Sternberger paced the Aggies in receiving yards with 832 on 48 catches with 10 touchdowns.
“We’re not playing like we want to totally, but we’re doing some really nice things,” Fishers said of the position group.