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n the past, the kickers and punters of some football teams were considered the odd men out on the team; they were the ones that had the label of “superstitious” and detached from the rest of their teammates. This probably started with Garo Yepremian, a kicker with four NFL teams in a 13-year career. Many teams at the time had foreign kickers on their roster. Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud is probably the best known, but Yepremian was the one who had the toughest time assimilating to the American culture. On kickoffs, Yepremian would, in fear of being laid into by American linebackers, kick the ball and then run towards the bench. This fear of contact, on top of other interesting social quirks, stayed with the specialist positions as the decades went on. For A&M specialists Randy Bullock and Ryan Epperson, however, none of said brandings hold true. Bullock, a junior placekicker from Klein, and Epperson, a sophomore punter from Keller, both started in soccer before being introduced to the game of American football. Bullock played soccer until his sophomore year in high school when he began receiving interest from college football teams. The 5’9” kicker transitioned at the time between midfield and forward. “I think [playing soccer] helped, but it was definitely different because of the shape of the ball,” Bullock said. “There’s the round surface [of a soccer ball] compared to the football.” For Epperson, the transition was slightly tougher. His brother Derek, a punter at Baylor, started at goalkeeper for the soccer team, which made it easier for

him to play punter. Ryan, however, started at centerback and centermidfield. Neither position offered him the chance to punt, but did give him a chance to be one of the football team’s kickers while Derek handled punting. When Derek left for Baylor, Ryan found himself forced to transition to a new position. “We didn’t have a punter [my junior year of high school],” Epperson said. “My brother graduated and we had a senior kicker, so the only way I was going to play was if I punted.” Ryan considered following Derek to Baylor from his junior year to the beginning of his senior year, but the Bears did not extend an offer to him until he had already gotten comfortable in his decision to come to Texas A&M. With both jobs being in front of home audiences that routinely hit 80,000, it can be reasonably assumed that both Bullock and Epperson face immense pressure. Bullock said that kicking is not a job that involves too much stress. “It’s more like muscle memory,” Bullock said. “Once you get out on the field, there’s not a whole lot of thinking. It’s just kind of doing.” The toughest part, according to Bullock is “making sure you can put [misses] behind you,” which he feels he’s gotten better at. But with every miss comes the added stress from fans and writers who call for a kicker’s job. “So what do they do [when a kid misses]?” Stenerud said. “They say the kid is strange, and they cut him.”

Junior kicker Randy Bullock is 10-for-13 on field goals during the 2010 season. The Aggies take on Oklahoma Saturday.

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A&M, college choirs join together for ‘Gospel Fest’ The Battalion Saturday night, the Bryan-College Station community will be given the opportunity to experience “more than just a melody” from Texas A&M’s gospel choir, Voices of Praise. Voices of Praise is presenting the 28th Gospel Fest, which offers a way for choirs from around the state and country to gather and give a rich encounter for the Aggie community. Gospel Fest will feature Voices of Praise alongside choirs from six other universities, including Sam Houston, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas-Arlington, Henderson State and Texas State. “It’s an all day event to fellowship with other choirs in and out of state,” said Gregory Castille, junior elementary education major and chairman for Gospel Fest. During the day, choirs participate in workshops led by clinician Carnel Davis. Davis, a Houston native, is the director and founder of Incorporated to Praise, ITP. ITP has shared the stage

with many prominent gospel singers and consists of 30 members from varying denominational backgrounds. In addition to workshops, participants will have a luncheon and a rehearsal combined of all choirs. The mass rehearsal will prepare the choirs for the performance later that night. It is a chance for the univer- sities to come together and fellowship with one another. While Gospel Fest is creating bonds among different universities, it is also allowing Voices of Praise to come together to serve the other choirs and the community. “It’s bonding us as a choir and it’s spiritual growth because our minds have to be in the right spot,” Castille said. Voices of Praise will be working all week to prepare for the event. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., choirs will be putting on a performance at The First Baptist Church in Bryan. “The community can expect a refreshing spirit, great music from college gospel choirs all over Texas and various other ministries, a time of fellowship and worship and, most im-

portantly, a chance to let the worries of the week, the month, the year just vanish as God is praised,” said Marisela Christina Spangler, a junior animal science major and parliamentarian for Texas A&M’s Voices of Praise choir. Each choir will be performing separately, and then they will all come together and perform. Chara Dance Company and the miming group Silent Voices of Praise will also be performing. Voices of Praise is the only gospel choir on campus, and it offers students a way to connect to one another and their faith. “I got involved because I grew up singing in the church choir and found Voices of Praise to be a nice substitute for what I was missing at home,” said Rachel Job, junior accounting major and secretary for Voices of Praise. Voices of Praise has performed for Texas A&M president, R. Bowen Loftin, and can be seen singing backup for Lyle Lovett. “I have sung for churches growing up and

my love for God has just intensified when I can praise him with the gift he’s given me. Voices of Praise is an excellent way for me to express both my love for God and for music and singing,” Spangler said. Voices of Praise, along with Gospel Fest, serves as an outlet for students in College Station and beyond to express their individual beliefs.


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Aggie gameday texas a&m vs. No. 8 Oklahoma 6 p.m. saturday kyle field Tv: Fox sports net

like 2002, aggies will upset sooners


ith a new quarterback, a new swagger and a top-10 Oklahoma team coming into Kyle Field, the Aggies have the momentum to do the near-impossible. Sound familiar? It can be 2002 all over again. Sure, the Sooners aren’t No. 1, and the quarterback change has already been made, but Oklahoma is still a program that is a week removed from the top spot and has a certain mojo over Texas A&M — Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is undefeated against the Aggies, save for 2002. The time has never been better for this Texas A&M team to cash in on all of the hype from the preseason. In their last two wins, the Aggies have outscored their opponents 90-37. Whether you give junior quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Tim DeRuyter or simply the recent wins credit for the rejuvenation in Aggieland, it’s simple — there’s a new air of optimism. Hell, even message boards are cheerful. This, despite what we tend to write week in and week out, isn’t a must-win. Instead, this is simply an opportunity for Texas A&M football to push themselves into the national light they feel they deserved back in August. It’s an opportunity for Head Coach Mike Sherman to do something that the Dennis Franchione administration was unable to do in

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corey nelson The star-recruit from Dallas Skyline spurned Texas A&M on signing day in February to, instead, go north and play for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. Nelson, a linebacker who is seeing action as a freshman, told Aggie coaches up to the day that he was committed entirely to them and their program. This will be his first trip to Kyle Field in crimson.

Kyle Cunningham

any of its five games with senior sport “Big Game management major Bob” — win. With Texas and Tech struggling mightily and Baylor being Baylor, Texas A&M has the chance to be the premier BCS Texas school in 2010. It all starts with a win Saturday. Despite the 7-1 record, Oklahoma isn’t the same team it was two years ago when those one-loss Sooners took a trip to the BCS National Championship. Close wins include a seven-point victory over 2-6 Utah State, a two-point squeaker against Air Force and an eight-point win over the weakest Texas team since 1997. But let’s not get too bogged down into numbers — this game is about turning the corner not only as a team but as a fanbase. This game is about restoring the lost luster from not only the past few months but from the past decade. Or, to put it simply, this game is about respect. Since the turn of the millennium, the A&M football program has been the poster child for missed opportunities, for squandered talents, for being second fiddle. While Houston, TCU and Texas Tech’s football programs continued to do more with

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Oklahoma’s Antwone Savage sits following the Aggies’ 30-26 upset of Oklahoma at Kyle Field in 2002. less, the Aggies descended into irrelevancy with general apathy. No longer. The disappointment we all felt in the three game losing streak this year turned into anger. A few years ago, that anger would have turned into a festering withdrawal. But this year it turned into a spirit that is slowly evolving; this evolution was hitting its peak at Texas Tech, but the apex will be this weekend. Some people will say this intensity is due to Corey Nelson, the recruit who spurned A&M in February for the Sooners, but we really shouldn’t give a damn about a freshman who’s

been outperformed in every facet of the game by another freshman, “joker” Damontre Moore. No, this is fire is because we, as Aggies, have been expecting better of this team for years and we finally have a taste of what that “better” can be after back-to-back drubbings of teams we should be decimating. Tomorrow night, this blend of spirit, desire and talent will meet a Sooner team with a history of beating Texas A&M soundly. And with the final seconds ticking off the clock, that’s all it will be — history.

kyle field Something about this week feels different. For the first time this season, A&M fans will fill Kyle with a sense of anticipation and hope. With the No. 8 team in the country in Aggieland, the Twelfth Man — towels waving — has no excuse but to make it an intimidating environment for the visitors. David Harris, sports editor

Staff predictions david harris, sports editor

35-21 OU beau holder, sports assistant

27-24 OU kyle cunningham, staff writer

34-20 A&M megan ryan, managing editor

35-21 A&M matt woolbright, eic

31-27 A&M zach papas, staff writer

33-27 A&M

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