September 15, 2009

Aggies looking to update Coryatt's hit

Former Texas A&M linebacker Quentin Coryatt will be inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame Saturday and will act as an honorary captain at A&M's game with Utah State Saturday. During the warm-ups before the game at Kyle Field, highlights of Coryatt's most famous play as an Aggie - a crunching hit of TCU wide receiver Kyle McPherson in 1991 that broke McPherson's jaw in three places and is now known simply as "The Hit" - routinely draws gasps and applause and whoops from the Aggie crowd gathering in the stands at Kyle Field.

For the current Aggies, however, applause isn't what's on their minds. With no disrespect to Coryatt, the Aggies are looking for something a little more current to get that same reaction on a weekly basis at Kyle Field.

"You see that hit when you're warming up on the field or you're watching a highlight or something like that and you see it and to be honest you get kind of sick of it," said A&M senior safety Jordan Pugh. "I've gotten a couple hits in there too so you can throw those up there if you want to."

Matter of fact, just because Coryatt is getting inducted in the Aggie Sports Hall of Fame this weekend doesn't make it the first time the current Aggies have talked about "The Hit." It just happens to be the first time any of them has talked about it in front of the media.

Head coach Mike Sherman has seen the hit plenty of times recently after being in Fort Worth for the live version of the eventual ESPN 1991 Hit of the Year. As Sherman crosses the state of Texas during the offseason visiting numerous Aggie clubs and other A&M organizations, oftentimes "The Hit" is shown is highlight reels.

It's made him wonder when one of his current Aggies will replace it.

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