Opponent Profile: Ryan Tannehill

Ryan Tannehill is playing on the road this week, but close to a place he knows well - home. The Big Spring native returns to West Texas for the first time as the starting quarterback.

Saturday's game may be a road game on the schedule for No.24 Texas A&M, but for the Aggies star quarterback it is more of a homecoming.

Ryan Tannehill, a Big Spring native, is playing his second game in Lubbock wearing the maroon and white and is looking to turn the Aggies in the right direction with a win against the Red Raiders.

Getting to return to West Texas is special, Tannehill said, but he just wants to get a win for A&M, following two late-game collapses in consecutive games coming into this weekend.
"Yeah, I guess it's cool, but right now I'm just focused on winning the game," he said. "We are coming off two tough losses and we need to win this game. It's nice to be able to go back but this game could be anywhere in the country. We just need to win this game."

Tannehill has struggled at times for the Aggies this season, throwing five interceptions so far, but has been good at times as well going 100-for-147 for 1,139 yards and six touchdowns so far this season.

The last time the Aggies came into Jones AT&T Stadium for a game, October 24, 2009, Tannehill wasn't the most noticeable player on the depth chart considering he was a wide receiver not a quarterback.

The senior began his collegiate career, at least the first 30 games, as a wide out setting records as a freshman.

In the middle of his junior season he won the starting job from Jerrod Johnson, who started the last time A&M was in town leading the Aggies to a 52-30 victory.

The biggest difference between 2009 and this time around is that Tannehill is the starting quarterback and not just a wide receiver, and can have a bigger impact on the outcome of the game.

"I haven't thought about that but right now we are in dire need of a win," Tannehill said about similarities between 2009 and this year's trip. "We are excited about going to Lubbock. We know Texas Tech will be bringing their A game. They are undefeated right now. They will come in with high expectations as well.
"It should be a fun, competitive game and we're excited about it."

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