Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin met with the media on Monday, instead of the normal day of Tuesday as the football team squeezes preparations for Thursday night's showdown with LSU into a shortened week.
Sumlin talked about a variety of topics but did share what he felt the Tigers would bring on each side of the ball in Kyle Field Thanksgiving night.
Obviously the majority of the attention is on the Tigers' defense, as it should be with the year they are having, and Sumlin shared a few of the things that make them so difficult to score on.
“They’re good, “Sumlin said in reference to the Tigers stingy defense. “They are one of the top defensive teams in the country, you’re right. Eleven touchdowns in ten games, Ole Miss is the only team to get 21 on them. They have been consistent and they have got playmakers across the board, they are big up front. Arden Key is a prolific pass rusher and in the back end they playa lot of man-to-man because of their skill sets. They have interchangeable pieces back there that can play safety and cover so that gives them some more flexibility with linebackers that are experienced.”
Although the Tigers have had their struggles at times on offense, a lot of it having to do with Leonard Fournette's lengthy absence due to injury, Sumlin doesn't see a ton of drop-off even if the Tigers All-American were unavailable.
“Obviously Leonard Fournette is a great player, but (Derrius) Guice is a home run hitter too,” Sumlin said of the Tigers offense. “I think he has proven a number of times, even against us last year in the return game, what kind of a weapon he is. They’ve got a big strong offensive line and they use it well with some backs that are really really explosive and tough. They’ve got really good speed on the perimeter, you get down in there and they are going to take their deep shots, and we’ve got to hold up to that, with some long receivers that can really stretch the field.”
The Aggies and Tigers square off Thursday night at 6:30 P.M.