Texas A&M 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 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 Under Armor All-America honors.
Sophomore tight end Glenn Beal continued to take first-team reps during practice Tuesday, with 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 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,” Fisher said of the tight ends.
Fisher said he was pleased with the performances of the three young quarterbacks vying for the Aggies’ backup role: sophomore Connor Blumrick, redshirt freshman James Foster and true freshman Zach Calzada.
Blumrick, who has appeared in one game for the Aggies, appears to take a majority of reps with second-string players during fall camp opening drills. In his career, he has completed one pass for 8 yards and rushed for 20 yards on three attempts. As a high school junior, he threw for nearly 1,500 yards for Pearland.
“I thought Blumrick did a solid job, so it’s going be interesting how this thing comes out,” Fisher said.
Despite their inexperience, Fisher also thought Foster and Calzada played beyond their years at time when it came to game management. Fisher said the pair had only a couple of delay of game penalties a piece during the first scrimmage.
“I thought James and Zach threw the ball accurately and got the ball down the field,” Fisher said.
“For the most part, calls, checks and run checks, those things, I was really pleased,” he continued.
NOTES — Beyond Cupp’s injury, Fisher said the team escaped the opening scrimmage in good health. … Freshman offensive lineman Kenyon Green jumped up the depth chart into the starting right guard position and was near perfect in assignments during the scrimmage, Fisher said. “[He’s] picking things up, smart, physical, strong, very natural football player and very gifted.”
A&M junior quarterback Kellen Mond is on the watch list for the Seventh Annual Earl Campbell Award which goes to the state’s top offensive FBS player who exhibits the characteristics of former University of Texas 1977 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL most valuable player in 1979.
Former A&M tailback Rakeem Boyd, a junior at Arkansas, is among the 42 nominees. Other Southeastern Conference players are Florida senior wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, Auburn senior running back Kam Martin and Alabama sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.