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Texas A&M Football Weekly Press Conference

November 26, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION - Coach Sumlin and members of the Texas A&M football team & staff met with the media on Tuesday in the Bright Complex to talk about the upcoming game with Missouri.

Video from the press conference is available through the links to the right. Audio in mp3 format and selected quotes will be available below.

Download audio of Tuesday's press conference here:




HEAD COACH KEVIN SUMLIN

 

Opening Statement:

“Obviously we are coming off of a very disappointing loss from last weekend. Our guys gave really good effort but we didn’t execute play well enough and didn’t coach well enough in that game. I think the challenges this week as we go on the road again for the second straight week as an underdog opponent against a team that’s talented and excited and playing for a division championship, we’ve got to find a way to pick ourselves back up and get rolling. After discussions with the players, they understand where we are at this point and that we still have some things to play for too. We have an opportunity, with a win here, to get into a bowl situation, to be a double-digit win football team which would only be the third or fourth football team in Texas A&M University history to achieve that in back to back years. From a health standpoint, we are doing pretty well and our guys understand what is at stake and we’ll be ready to go Saturday night.”

The mood of the team right now:

“I think the guys are just ready to play. We are playing in a real season and real opponents and real games. Are we where we want to be right now? No. It doesn’t mean the sky is falling either. We are going on the road again this week as the underdog and the good news is that people expect us to win. That’s a completely different attitude than when I first got here.”

Challenges Missouri defense presents:

“They’ve really improved from last year, obviously, and statistically lead the league in sacks. They lead the league in interceptions too, which is an underrated stat. It’s a big statistic to say that your team leads the league in sacks and interceptions. Missouri is using all their pieces very well right now?”

Clarifying radio interview on Manziel making NFL decision by bowl game:

“I was asking about the process and what takes place, it wasn’t just for Johnny Manziel but for all of our third year players. Over the course of time between now and the bowl game, we will gather as much information as possible for each of the players and their families. The timing of that decision is between the player and his family. I never said that Manziel was going to make a decision to go pro between now and the bowl game.”

On whether he talked to players about Thanksgiving holiday:

“I probably should talk to them about eating over the holidays but I think just the overall nutrition of the athlete is important. Our practice schedule will change a little this week so the guys have the opportunity to go home if they live close enough. We have a big Thanksgiving meal here Thursday for guys who can’t get home and back in time for Friday’s meeting. Thursday is family time but if they can’t get home in that time, we have something here and will have plenty of good food and we will be ready for this weekend.”

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR MARK SNYDER

 

On Missouri quarterback James Franklin:

“He’s a very experienced player. That’s what he brings to the table. He is very patient in the pocket and does a really good job of running their offense. When you watch the film on him, he is a very poised kid in the pocket and can throw it. He does a great job within that offense.”

On Missouri’s offense compared to last year:

“The style is the same. They are doing the same things. They are just doing them really well right now. They are playing with a lot of confidence and getting their quarterback back was a shot in the arm. I think Matthew Mauk is a good player, too. I’ve known him since he was a little kid. He used to come to Ohio State camps when we were looking at Ben, his older brother. He is a very competitive kid. They are playing really well right now. They were decimated out here last year by injuries. They’ve stayed away from the “injury bug” this year and are playing quite well.”

On performance by freshman defensive lineman Isaiah Golden:

“I am very pleased. Isaiah was a guy in the huddle Saturday, in a pretty tough environment, that just enjoys it. He thinks along the lines of ‘Just run it at me.’ He’s got that mentality. I really like that, so I’ve been very pleased with Isaiah.”

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR CLARENCE McKINNEY

 

On lack of running game against LSU:

“Early on, you wish you could have gotten the running game going. The first few series we didn’t execute. We got down a couple of touchdowns. We were trying to get back quickly and running the ball is not the way to do it.”

On missed opportunities against LSU:

 “We had some opportunities where balls were thrown and were very catchable but we didn’t catch them. We had some other opportunities where guys were open that we normally hit and we didn’t hit them. For whatever reason, those things didn’t happen this week. They’ve happened 10 other weeks, but it didn’t happen this one particular week.”

On preparing for Missouri:

 “We just have to be ready to play. They’ve done a tremendous job turning the program around from one year to the next. They are going to be up playing for a lot. They are trying to get to the conference championship game and we are trying to get our ninth win. Our guys have to be up and ready for the challenge. Week to week, you are battling in the SEC. There are no games that you can take off. Our guys are going to be ready to play and we are excited about this opportunity.”

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