Football economy

Patrons enjoy the atmosphere at the Junction Market & Cafe inside the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center in College Station on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

Business impact: With the start of Texas A&M’s COVID-altered football season less than two weeks away, local business leaders are preparing for a potential economic boost even as they remain acutely aware that reduced seating capacity at Kyle Field and other safety-related measures will likely limit those gains.

Ausbon opts out: The A&M football team and quarterback Kellen Mond suffered a setback Sunday with senior wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon opting out of the season to prepare for the NFL Draft.

Rodeo fun: The 101st All-Aggie Rodeo drew more than 125 current students and A&M alumni as competitors this weekend.

Research grant: A&M graduate student Ashley Tessnow recently received a research grant to study how to mitigate fall armyworm populations in Texas and the central United States.

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