Aggie Transfers Return to College Station Today
"It's exciting. It's a nice environment; they've got the 12th man. It's going to be a fun game," Sam Houston junior defensive end Andrew Weaver said.
"It's going to be pretty loud. We're going there relaxed. We're just looking to go out there, have fun and get a win."
Before donning Sam Houston's orange, white and blue and making a splash for Sam Houston, Weaver, along with wide receiver Chance Nelson, tight end K.J. Williams and running back Will Randolph all spent their first few years practicing and playing in College Station.
For various reasons, it didn't work out and the four former Aggies found a nice landing spot in Huntsville.
"I talked with (former Texas A&M) coach (Mike) Sherman about all those kids and he highly recommended all of them," Bearkats coach Willie Fritz said. "For one reason or another, it just didn't work out for them at A&M. It's no fault of their own, no fault of A&M's. It's just the way it worked out. We're glad that we've got them. They're doing a good job playing for us. When you take a transfer kid, you've got to make sure you're doing it for the right reasons and they're doing it for the right reasons."
The result has been one where both the incoming transfers and the Kats football program have benefited in a big way.
"It was a whole different environment when I got here. I think in about a month, I fit in to it, quicker than I did at A&M. I like it much better here," Weaver said.
"It's been an incredible ride. When I first came here, I didn't even think of going that far into the playoffs or the national championship. I just thanked God. He showed me a new ride. It's exciting. I also got a chance to win conference back-to-back. Words can't explain that."
Playing a vital role as one of the Bearkats defensive ends in their run to the Football Championship Subdivision national title game, Weaver finished the 2011 season with five sacks and 35 total tackles, including eight for loss of yardage. In nine games this season, the junior has totaled 15 tackles with two sacks, but also has three tackles for negative yardage, three quarterback hurries as well as a fumble recovery.
In his first year with the Kats, Nelson has brought a spark to the passing game with his speed. Nelson has caught 22 receptions for 478 yards and a team-leading seven touchdown catches.
At the tight end position, Williams brought some depth in an area that wasn't utilized much last season as the offense has had more success throwing the ball.
Williams plays a part of the tight end trio that has caught three touchdowns, including his 5-yard TD catch that jump-started a 41-7 scoring run against rival Stephen F. Austin.
From having the experience of playing at Kyle Field, Weaver and Williams (two years each) have been trying to relay to the rest of the Bearkats what kind of atmosphere to expect in front of what is sure to be a raucous, sold-out crowd.
"I tell all of my teammates what to expect," Weaver said. "It's going to be loud the whole game and try to zone it all out, play it one play at a time and stay calm and relaxed. I tell my guys that all throughout the week. I know for sure we're going to be ready."
Despite the good memories from earlier in their college careers, the newer Bearkats, who transferred from Texas A&M, would like nothing than to come away with a huge upset at their old stomping grounds.