Texas A&M Football: Ole Miss Presser

Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin and staff address injuries, last week’s game, and this weekend’s game against Ole Miss at Kyle Field.

Kevin Sumlin

  • Three season ending injuries: Noel Ellis (torn upper leg muscle), Connor Lanfear (torn knee ligaments), Trevor Knight (shoulder) were all announced. Sumlin said there is a chance Knight might be able to return for a bowl game.
  • On Jake Hubenak stepping in on Saturday: “Jake came into the game and performed pretty well. If there was a bright spot from Saturday it was how he approached everything and really gave us an opportunity in light of how we played to win the game. Moving forward, coming out of this game, he’s our guy.”
  • On red shirt freshman Nick Starkel’s availability: “We had a conversation with both Nick Starkel and his family and he is on board with whatever we want to do…. He wants to play.”

Noel Mazzone

  • On adjusting to Hubenak’s skill set: “Obviously you lose the running of Trevor. We put a lot of stuff in for that so we’re going to adjust that a little bit more and hopefully hand it to our backs a little bit more.”
  • On a third receiver to compliment Kirk and Reynolds: “I’m excited about [Ricky Seals Jones and Speedy Noil]. You may not look in the box scores, but watching the film those two guys had one of their better games they’ve had all year Saturday. In fact, that whole receiving group played well… I’m really looking forward to those guys coming in and being a bigger impact on what we’re doing.”

John Chavis

  • On improving from last week: “It’s about working. It’s about grinding. It’s about seeing potential problems and dealing with them. We’ll have our hands full again this week. It seems to be that way week every week in the SEC, a lot of good offenses, and that’s what you play for.”
  • On the front seven: “Our front is playing so much better than we did last year. That’s a credit to Coach Turner and Coach Price. They’re doing a great job with those guys.”

Christian Kirk

  • On the state of the program: “We can still control our future. We still have a lot to play for. This can still be one of the best teams in A&M history.”
  • On adjusting to having Hubenak at quarterback: “We just got to work around [Hubenak’s] strengths and get in this week and get that chemistry going.”

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