Last season, Texas A&M catapulted into the spotlight blowing through the competitors in 12 straight games. They ended their season 11-2, which was impressive due to their newcomer status in the SEC.
Following an intense 45-33 win over Arkansas last week, TAMU gets their first bye week in over a year. When asked about the upcoming break, head coach Kevin Sumlin said he believed his team needs the break. He and his coaching staff have an idea of what needs to be done to keep momentum high.
Sumlin stated, “There are some teams where you don’t want a week off, like last year. You’re a hot team and you want to keep playing. We need some time.” The Aggie nation could not agree more. The intense match-up with Arkansas left some key A&M players injured.
Breakout wide receiver Mike Evans sustained an injury during the game and has been reported to be seen still limping around. Thankfully, he is expected to play during TAMU’s Oct. 12 road game against Ole Miss.
However, news wasn’t so good for senior defensive tackle Kirby Ennis. Sumlin stated that his injury is “serious” and that he will be evaluated more at the end of the week.
Offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney believes that the offensive line is lucky to have running backs who are not only talented but competitive with other teams and each other.
He stated, “The offense is definitely not where we want it to be. Our goal is to score a touchdown on every possession. We haven’t done that yet.” McKinney also said that his line has been practicing heavily in ball security, and that obviously paid off with zero turnovers against Arkansas.
Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder saw some improvements in his defense and wants to mainly work on consistency for the line. When asked about the bye week, Snyder stated, “We’ll concentrate on fundamentals and consistency. We have to get ready to play Ole Miss. There’ll be a balance in our preparation this week.”
The coaching staff has made it clear on what they need to do to win more conference games. The offense wants to score every possession and the defense needs to work on their rush defense. Texas A&M welcomes the bye week, and hopefully next Saturday they’ll have their second SEC win.