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Sam Byer was an all-conference fullback in 1960.

The Aggies had to replace Charlie Milstead at quarterback, but returned 16 lettermen in a season where they were picked near the bottom of the SWC. In the season opener, the A&M defense held LSU scoreless deep into the third quarter. But Tigers' running back Wendell Harris scored a decisive touchdown and A&M quarterback Powell Berry threw a interception to give the Tigers a 9-0 win. The team got its first win in nine games — carrying over from 1959 — with a 14-0 victory over Trinity behind 50 yards rushing from Eddie Van Dyke and a touchdown from Sam Byer. The team was shut out by Houston, mustering only 140 yards of offense in the loss. They tied preseason favorite TCU the following week, as Byer ran for 65 yards and Babe Craig scored the tying touchdown. A&M readied to play SMU in the bottom-feeder bowl after losses to Arkansas and Baylor. The teams played to the first scoreless tie in the SWC since 1942. The Aggies got inside the Mustangs' 30-yard line four times, but couldn't convert. Mike Clark missed a late field goal that would've won it. In the finale, UT got out to a 21-0 first half lead and held on to win, 21-14, in Austin. A&M finished 1-6-3, failing to win a conference game.

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