Weekly Tuesday Press Conference Highlights

The Texas Aggie football team met with the media for its weekly press conference to discuss last Saturday's win over Ole Miss and preview the upcoming home game against Auburn. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop extracted some of the highlights from the event.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin


On the status of Deshazor Everett...

Deshazor Everett is probable for next Saturday's game.

Thoughts on Floyd Raven's play...

He was encouraged by the play of Floyd Raven last weekend. Even though he was cleared to play by the doctors, the plan was to hold him out but was forced into action when EVerett went down. Made a great play on a play action pass. He's a dynamic player that they need. He just needs to get his confidence back with a few reps. They will need him against an Auburn offense that will challenge the defense's gap responsibility.

On the offense...

Overall, we're playing pretty well. We had a few turnovers and we need to cut down on the penalties on both sides of the ball. But overall, we're scoring touchdowns.

On the receivers after Evans...

Yeah, defenses are starting to scheme on Evans so guys like Derel Walker and Malcolme Kennedy will get opportunities. Kennedy is becoming a go-to guy for us. WAlker is improving every week and is becoming a weapon out there. We need to keep getting Pope better and being productive, but overall we are developing our receiving group.

On the similarities of A&M's spread offense and Auburn's offense...

There are none. We're completely different offenses.

Thoughts on Trey Williams...

Trey was hurt during two-a-days and hurt it again versus Rice. About a week ago you could see in practice he was feeling better and it showed on the field. He's playing at a very high level right now. Blocking has improved.

On three plays that represents where this team is headed...

On the winning drive, Manziel accelerated and didn't flinch when faced with a big hit, but was singularly focused on he first down marker. It shows his focus and his heart. Mike Evans could have run out of bounds after a nice gain on that crossing route but he threw his body out there to gain another 10-15 yards and get us inside the 5 yard line. Then the last run by Tra Carson. He almost ran through the whole defense and put the extra effort to help us win the game.


Defensive Coordinator Mark Snyder


On the play of Raven...

I thought he did great. He showed great eyes. As of now, he's in the starting lineup. We'll have to see what happens in practice this week and how Everett responds. Don;t know yet if they will keep Everett at safety or move him back to corner.

On the progress of Darian Claiborne...

He's so coachable. When he came back to the sideline, I told him if he pushed the the weakside, he'd get an interception. He goes back out there and boom he gets the interception. He's going to be a very good player for us. But he's still learning. He'll get there. He made a great hit on that fourth down.

On the defense's performance...

I thought this was our best effort against the run. We gave up that one explosive play, but otherwise held them to about 100 yards. Now we need to work on generating a pass rush without having to manufacture a rush with a blitz. We have to get a pass rush going.

On the play of Isaiah Golden...

He did his job. He did what we asked him to do. Did he stand out and make some big plays? No. But he also didn't make any negative plays either. He was solid out there.


Offensive Coordinator Clarence McKinney


On the overall play of the offensive line this season...

It's been very good for the most part. There was only one game with SMU where one of our guys struggled and didn't have the type of game we expect. Otherwise, we're very satisfied with the OL's performance this year.

On the expectations to score every time...

Yes, we do have the expectations and confidence that we'll score every time we get the ball. When we don't like in the second quarter, it's because either we turned the ball over or we had a big penalty that stopped us. We need to get better in that area where we don't hurt ourselves.

On the play of Trey Williams...

He's really growing into the position. He's healthy now and he's understanding his protection responsibilities so that has allowed us to play him more. There's no question what he can do with the ball in his hands.

Is 57% 3rd down conversion rate acceptable in this offense...

It may be a good number for some teams, but we'd like to see that number be a little higher. I'd like to see us get up to around the 70% mark.

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