Texas A just finished its tour with the print reporters at SEC Media Days, and you're never going to believe this, but coach Kevin Sumlin and three of his players were routinely peppered with questions about how they plan to compete in the Southeastern Conference.
Here's Sumlin on the matter:
Yeah, we need to be bigger and faster ‑ how is that ‑ against the SEC defenses (smiling)?
I don't know. We'll see. We've been able to adapt to do things, whether we were at Houston, other places I've been, to utilize our personnel. I think we have gotten‑‑ people say we throw the ball all the time. That's fine. I'd like for people to think that. That's not necessarily the truth.
I think if you look at the statistics, you look at our ratio, it's a lot closer to 55/45 than 70/30. Our run‑game percentages and stats have been pretty effective. So being called 'pass happy', that's fine with us, as long as people want to defend the pass all the time.
We've been able to utilize our talent. I think we've been able to develop quarterbacks in
what we've tried to do wherever we've been. You know, as I said before to somebody, we'll have a lot better feel for our league in February than we do right now.
Watching video doesn't do it a lot of justice. I see a bunch of people smiling. We took a little team from Houston over to Starkville and won once. So we played some teams in the SEC and have a lot of respect for the talent level. So we'll see where we are offensively.
But certainly we're comfortable with how we do things in the system that we have in place.
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org