Game #5 / Aggies vs. RAZORBACKS
(3-1, 0-1 vs. SEC)
(3-1, 0-0 vs. SEC)
KICKOFF/DATE:...... 6:06 PM (CT), Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
SITE....................... Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (Cap. 72,000)
TELEVISION............ ESPN2 (National)
Mark Jones, play-by-play
Brock Huard, commentary
Lewis Johnson, sideline reporter
RADIO................... Texas A&M Sports Network
Dave South, play-by-play
Dave Elmendorf, commentary
Will Johnson, sideline
(SiriusXM channel: Sirius ??? / XM ???)
RANKINGS............. Texas A&M (No. 10 - AP / No. 9 - USA Today)
aRKANSAS (NR - AP / NR - Usa today)
SERIES HISTORY...... Arkansas leads 41-25-3
LAST MEETING....... 2012: at Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10
LIVE AUDIO............ aggieathletics.com, radioaggieland.com
Aggies hit the road seeking first SEC win of 2013
Texas A&M will hit the road for the first time in 2013 for a 6:06 p.m. matchup with Arkansas in Fayetteville on Saturday. The Aggies will be seeking their first SEC win of the year after falling to top-ranked Alabama two weeks ago, while Arkansas will be playing its first conference game of the season against A&M.
• A&M and Arkansas were both charter members of the Southwest Conference from 1915 until Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992.
• It will be A&M’s first trip to Fayetteville since 1990, which was a 20-16 win by R.C. Slocum’s second Aggie squad. The 1990 win was A&M’s first in Fayetteville since Paul “Bear” Bryant’s final Aggie team won 7-6 in 1957.
• UA holds a 41-25-3 advantage in the long series with the Aggies, that dates back to first meeting in 1903.
• Prior to A&M joining the SEC, the Aggies and Hogs played the first three games of a 10-year non-conference series agreement with Arkansas earning victories at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
• Texas A&M and Arkansas, along with the Dallas Cowboys organization, have agreed to a long-term series to play the annual football game between the two schools at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington beginning in 2014 and continuing through the 2024 season.
• Calling the action for ESPN2 will be veteran play-by-play announcer Mark Jones, former Washington Huskies quarterback Brock Huard (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline).
TAMU-Arkansas Last 10
Year Location W-L, Score
2012 College Station W, 58-3
2011 Arlington, Texas L, 42-38
2010 Arlington, Texas L, 24-17
2009 Arlington, Texas L, 47-19
1991 College Station W, 13-3
1990 Fayetteville, Ark. W, 20-16
1989 College Station L, 23-22
1988 Fayetteville, Ark. L, 25-20
1987 College Station W, 14-0
1986 Little Rock, Ark. L, 14-10
Sumlin Seeking Career win No. 50
Second-year Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin will be seeking the 50th win of his career against Arkansas. Sumlin compiled a 35-17 record in four seasons at the University of Houston from 2008-11 and is 14-3 in Aggieland. Sumlin, who turned 49 on Aug. 3, has a career record of 49-20 in six seasons.
• Texas A&M will be seeking its ninth straight win away from Kyle Field when the Aggies take on the Hogs on Saturday. The last loss for the Aggies on the road was a 53-50 overtime loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Nov. 12, 2011. The Aggies’ eight-game road winning streak is the second-longest in school history. Only a 10-game streak from 1939-40 is longer.
• Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s personal “away from home” winning streak stands at 13 games (6 at Houston, 7 at A&M).
• Last year’s 7-0 road record was the Aggies’ first unblemished season since 1939’s national championship season.
“Fast start”-ers under sumlin
• One of the opening periods of Sumlin’s practices is called “fast start.” Occurring just after warmups, “fast start” features several live-action 11-on-11 series just like a game situation. He starting implementing the period when his teams at Houston were getting off to slow starts.
• Texas A&M has scored first in 16 of 17 games under head coach Kevin Sumlin. The only game when the Aggies didn’t score first was the 2013 season opener against Rice.
• On opening offensive series under Sumlin, the Aggies have scored 14 of 17 times with an impressive 13 touchdowns. A&M has opened the last three games with a TD on its first offensive series.
• In first quarters under Sumlin, the Aggies have outscored their opponents 200-68 or an average of 11.8-4.0. In the first two quarters, A&M has outscored its opponents 461-184 or 27.1-10.8.
• While the Aggies have been scoring regularly on its opening possession, Mark Snyder’s defense has forced a punt or a turnover on 12 of 17 opening series.
Milestones on horizon
• Manziel needs 66 passing yards to become the eighth Aggie QB with 5,000 yards.
• Manziel needs two passing TDs to become the seventh Aggie QB with 40 passing TDs.
• Manziel needs 401 total yards to reach 7,000 career yards. He reached 6,000 yards in 16 career games, which is the fastest in FBS history.
• Junior DB Deshazor Everett needs 10 tackles to reach 100 for his career.
Cashin’ out “Money Plays”
StatCrew, the statistical program used by all FBS schools, defines the term “money play” as “plays resulting in a first down or a touchdown.”
• Texas A&M has generated a “money play” on 14 of 16 catches on third down (13 first downs and five touchdowns).
• Of sophomore WR Mike Evans’ 22 catches, 19 have produced a “money play” (18 first downs and three touchdowns).
• The Aggies’ top three receivers -- Evans, junior Malcome Kennedy and senior Derel Walker -- have combined to produce 42 “money plays” on 53 catches (79.2 percent). The trio is particularly dangerous on first- and second-down plays, with 46 catches generating 36 “money plays.”
• Three Aggies have produced double-digit “money plays” on running plays -- senior RB Ben Malena (20 on 45 carries), sophomore QB Johnny Manziel (16 on 36) and sophomore Tra Carson (12 on 32).
• On third down, Manziel has produced six first downs on nine rushing attempts, while Malena is 3-of-3 on third-down situations.
• Six rushers have produced third-down “money plays,” while 10 receivers have produced a first down or touchdown on third down.
In the NCAA Rankings
Category Avg/Total NCAA Rank
Total Offense/G________ 370.8_________ No. 8
Passing Efficiency______ 192.5_________ No. 7
Passing Yards__________ 1,228_________ No. 6
Passing Yards/G________ 307.0________ No. 12
Yards/Completion_______ 15.9_________ No. 9
Points Responsible For____ 90________ tNo. 2
Passing TDs_______________ 12________ tNo. 6
Category Avg/Total NCAA Rank
Receiving Yards/G______ 143.8_________ No. 3
Receiving Yards__________ 575_________ No. 2
Receptions/G____________ 5.5________ No. 62
All-Purpose Yards______ 143.8________ No. 28
Manziel & Evans
• Of the 104 career receptions by sophomore WR Mike Evans, 97 of the passes have come from Johnny Manziel.
• On the night before games, Manziel and Evans are roommates.
• Manziel has 12 career interceptions (in 544 attempts), and Evans has made the tackle on three of pickoffs.
• Texas A&M and Oregon State are the only schools in FBS with a 1,000-yard passer and a 500-yard receiver.
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel threw for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games against Sam Houston (426) and Alabama (464) earlier this season, which had never been accomplished in school history.
• Manziel has four games with 500 or more yards of total offense in his career, including the top three single game efforts in SEC history -- 576 vs. Louisiana Tech (2012), 562 vs. Alabama (2013) and 557 vs. Arkansas (2012).
• He has a career yards/rush average of 6.9.
• Manziel’s career completion percentage is 68.4, which is far ahead of the school record of 62.5 set by NFL first-round selection Ryan Tannehill.
• Manziel has surpassed 300 yards in total offense in 14 of 17 career games.
• Manziel has at least one rushing and passing TD in 11 of 17 career games.
• Manziel has rushed for 100 yards and passed for 200 yards in seven times in 17 career games.
• According to ESPN Stats and Info, Manziel has nine career games with at least 200 passing yards, one passing TD and one rushing TD, which is the most by any player in NCAA FBS since the beginning of 2012.
2 + 2 = Johnny manziel
2 Rushing / 2 Passing TDs in a Game
Player, School 2/2 gms. Years
Tim Tebow, Florida 12 2006-09
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 10 2007-10
Josh Harris, Bowling Green 9 2000-03
Dan LeFevour, C. Michigan 8 2006-09
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 7 2012-
3 pass TD / 1 Rush TD
3 Passing TDs/1 Rushing TD in a Game
(*NCAA FBS Active Leaders)
Player, School 3/1 gms. Games
Tajh Boyd, Clemson 8 37
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 7 17
Cody Fajardo, Nevada 4 24
Brett Smith, Wyoming 4 27
Kolton Browning, UL-Monroe 4 40
* -- Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinecke has 11 career 3 pass TD/1 rush TD games, including three in 2013, which is ODU’s first season in FBS.
2013 Catches By Distance
1-9 yards – 3
10-19 yards – 8
20-29 yards – 2
30-99 – 9
• Sophomore WR Mike Evans leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 in FBS in receiving yards per game with a 143.8 average.
• Evans is one of two players in FBS with 500 or more receiving yards.
• Evans’ mammoth 279-yard effort against the Crimson Tide shattered Ken “Dude” McLean’s record of 250 receiving yards (13 catches) against Texas in 1965. One of McLean’s catches against the Longhorns was the famed “Texas Special,” which resulted in a 91-yard TD.
• In 17 career games, Mike Evans has caught at least one pass on the Aggies’ opening offensive sequence nine times.
• Evans’ 279 receiving yards vs. Alabama ranked No. 4 in SEC history for single game receiving yards.
• Evans has had at least two catches in every game of his career (17 games).
• Just 17 games into his A&M career, Evans ranks No. 7 in career receiving yards (1,680 yards) and No. 11 in career catches (104).
TRENDS AND NOTABLES
• Texas A&M has opened 2013 with four straight 40-plus points scoring efforts for the first time in school history.
• Dating back to 2012, the Aggies have scored 40+ points in seven straight games, which is a school record.
• The Aggies have scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game in three straight games.
• Texas A&M has a streak of 18 straight sellouts at Kyle Field, which began with the 2010 Nebraska game.
• A&M has scored in double digits in 32 straight games dating back to the Aggies’ 9-6 win over Nebraska in 2010.
• The Aggies haven’t been shut out since 2003 -- a span of 119 games.
Brothers in Arms...
Brothers Jake and Mike Matthews have started every game this year on the offensive line. At times, twins Tyrell and Tyrone Thomas are featured together on the Aggies’ defensive front.
• Texas A&M is one of only two schools in FBS with a QB with 1,000 passing yards and a receiver with 500 receiving yards.
• 18 Aggies have at least one catch after three games in 2013, which is tied for No. 3 in FBS.
• Newcomers have scored eight of the Aggies’ 28 touchdowns in 2013.
• Four first-year players have grabbed TD catches: Ricky Seals-Jones, Cameron Clear, Ja’Quay Williams and Brandon Williams.
• A&M’s 38 first downs vs. SHSU matched the school record (38 vs. TCU, 1986).
• Through three games, A&M has been successful on 27 of 47 third-down situations (57.4). Last year, the Aggies led the nation with a 55.0 percent success rate.
• The Aggies are averaging 10.5 yards per pass attempt after four games.
• Although the Aggies are probably generally regarded as a passing team, Texas A&M led the SEC in rushing last season and has attempted at least 29 rushes in every game of the Kevin Sumlin era. Last week’s 48 carries tied for second-most by the Aggies since Sumlin’s arrival.
• NCAA total offense rankings by Kevin Sumlin-coached teams:
2013 Texas A&M #3 609.3
2012 Texas A&M #3 572.2
2011 Houston #1 599.1
2010 Houston #11 480.5
2009 Houston #1 563.4
2008 Houston #2 562.8
• The Aggies gained an average of 7.08 yards per offensive play in 2012, which was surpassed by just Georgia (7.09). After four games, A&M is averaging 7.8 per play.
• A&M averaged more than 300 passing yards per game for first time in school history in 2012. The Aggies did it while rushing for more than 3,000 yards for the first time since 1990.
• The Aggies have had a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive years after having none in the first 116 years of Texas A&M football.
• Johnny Manziel is the only player in FBS history to generate 5,000+ total yards, while rushing for 1,000+ yards in a season.
• Texas A&M completed a school record 67.0 percent of its pass attempts in 2012. After four games, the Aggies’ completion percentage stands at 67.8 percent.
• The Aggies held pass-happy SMU to its lowest total offense output (434 yards) of 2013 last week.
• The Aggies have had a different tackle leader in every game in 2013 -- Darian Claiborne (11 vs. Rice), Howard Matthews and Clay Honeycutt (7 vs. SHSU), Steven Jenkins (13 vs. Alabama) and Tramain Jacobs (10 vs. SMU).
• In his return to action in game 3, senior LB Steven Jenkins contributed a game-high and career-high 13 tackles and a TFL against Alabama.
• Safeties Howard Matthews (31 tackles) and Clay Honeycutt (29) rank 1-2 on the team in tackles.
• In a bit of a rarity, Nate Askew has scored a touchdowns as an offensive and defensive player after his 30-yard pick-six against SHSU. A WR his first three seasons, Askew converted to LB during spring drills. His offensive TD came on a 27-yard reception against Kansas in 2011. The last Aggie with an offensive and defensive TD to his credit was Larry Horton, who had three rushing TDs in 1987, a KO return TD in 1989 and a INT TD return in 1990.
• Deshazor Everett and Tramain Jacobs are the only Aggies with multiple interceptions during their careers.
• Four 2013 defenders have scored touchdowns in their careers: Steven Jenkins via INT return, Deshazor Everett via INT and fumble return, Tramain Jacobs from a fumble return and Nate Askew on a TD catch and INT return.
• Owning double-digit career starts among the defenders are Steven Jenkins (18), Julien Obioha (15), Toney Hurd Jr. (14), Deshazor Everett (14), Kirby Ennis (14) and Howard Matthews (11).
• Returning PK starter Taylor Bertolet is battling junior Josh Lambo for the placekicker job. Lambo, who booted his first career FG last week, was a first-round pick (8th overall) as a goalie by FC Dallas in the MLS SuperDraft in 2008.
• Bertolet has 82 TBs on 135 career kickoffs, or 4.8 per game.
• Bertolet has had double-digit kickoffs in seven of his 15 career games, including a career-high 11 three times.
• Texas A&M ranked No. 3 nationally with 65 TBs in 2012.
• Bertolet’s strong leg yielded a pair of 50-yard field goals in 2012, including a career-long 54-yarder against Louisiana Tech.
• In a bit of a rarity, starting OT Jake Matthews handles the deep snapper duties on field goals and extra points.
• Sophomore punter Drew Kaser leads the SEC with 50.5 average, but doesn’t qualify for the NCAA stats because he only has 11 punts in four games in 2013 (needs minimum of 3.6 punts/game).
• Aggies are No. 13 in the nation with a net punt average of 41.8.
• Sophomore Trey Williams posted 557 yards on 25 kickoff returns last year, which ranks No. 7 on A&M’s kickoff return yardage list.
• Senior WR Travis Labhart is listed as No. 2 punt returner. The former practice player for coach Gary Blair’s NCAA Champion women’s basketball team had 2 returns for 30 yards vs. SHSU.
• Sophomore DB Sam Moeller has been the Aggies’ 12th Man in all four games in 2013.
• Sophomore DB De’Vante Harris has been the Aggies’ punt returner the past two games. His father, Rod Harris, led the Aggies in punt returns from 1986-88, and ranks No. 3 in career punt return yards.
Sumlin vs. Top 25
In his sixth season as a head coach, second -year Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin has a career record of 7-4 against ranked teams (in the Associated Press poll).
Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Texas A&M)
Opponent, Year__________ AP rank_____ Result
Florida, 2012_______________ No. 24____ L, 20-17
vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012____ No. 22___ W, 59-57
LSU, 2012___________________ No. 6____ L, 24-19
at Mississippi State, 2012__ No. 17___ W, 38-13
at Alabama, 2012___________ No. 1___ W, 29-24
vs. *Oklahoma, 2013_______ No. 11___ W, 41-13
Alabama, 2013______________ No. 1____ L, 49-42
Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Houston)
at East Carolina, 2008______ No. 23___ W, 41-24
Tulsa, 2008________________ No. 25___ W, 70-30
at Oklahoma State, 2009____ No. 5___ W, 45-35
Southern Miss, 2011________ No. 24____ L, 49-28
Offense hits four bills...again
The Aggies gained 581 yards against SMU last week, which marked the 16th straight game that the offense has surpassed the 400-yard plateau, which is easily the longest streak in school history. Only Baylor has a longer streak of 400-yard offensive game in the NCAA FBS.
• Since head coach Kevin Sumlin’s arrival in College Station, the Aggies have surpassed 400 in 16-of-17 games, including 500-plus yards 11 times.
• Digging deeper into the Aggies’ offensive surge, Texas A&M has posted 43 400-plus yardage outputs in 56 total games since shifting to a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in 2009. During that span, the Aggies have hit the 500-yard level 28 times. As a point of comparison, the Aggies reached 400 total yards in just 18 games in the decade of games prior to 2009 (116 games).
The Aggies used an eye-catching 16 true freshmen in the season-opener against Rice -- five on offense and 11 on defense. It was the most true freshmen ever used by Texas A&M in a season-opener, two more than the 13 that saw action in the 2009 opener against New Mexico.
• Only once since freshmen became eligible in 1972 has Texas A&M used more true freshmen in an entire season. Then-head coach Mike Sherman ended up using 18 true freshmen in 2009. Head coach Tom Wilson lettered 16 true freshmen in 1980.
• Another true freshman joined the fray in game two when quarterback Kenny Hill made his debut.
• Going into the Arkansas game, the Aggies have used 17 true freshmen, four redshirt freshman, two four-year transfers and two junior college transfers for a total of 25 players that have made their maroon and white playing debuts in 2013.
• Since 1972, the Aggies have awarded varsity letters to 10 or more true freshman in a season only a handful of times: 18 in 2009, 16 in 1980, 11 in 1973 and 10 in 1972 and 2008.
School of Fish
(17 TRUE fRESHMAN HAVE SEEN ACTION IN 2013)
POS Player Hometown (High School) notable
DL Jay Arnold Rockwall, Texas (Heath) Has 4 tackles, 0.5 TFL
LB Darian Claiborne Port Allen, La. (Port Allen) 6th on team with 18 tackles, 2 TFL
DB Noel Ellis New Orleans, La. (Karr) Has made 2 tackles
DB Tavares Garner Missouri City, Texas (Manvel) Has made 2 tackles
DL Isaiah Golden Carthage, Texas (Carthage) Has 8 tackles, 2 TFL
WR LaQuvionte Gonzales Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill) 6 catches for 51 yards, 8 KOR for 164 yards
DL Daeshon Hall Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster) Has made 7 tackles, 1 TFL
QB Kenny Hill Southlake, Texas (Carroll) Seen action in 2 games | 6-11, 83 yards, 1 TD
OL Ryan Lindblade Richmond, Texas (Foster) Former “gray-shirt” seen action in 3 games
LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni Dallas, Texas (Jesuit) Started vs. Bama, has 8 tackles
WR Ricky Seals-Jones Sealy, Texas (Sealy) 71-yard TD rec. vs. Rice | knee surgery on 9/20
DB Alex Sezer Jr. Orange, Texas (LC-M) Started first 2 games at CB, has 5 tackles
WR Jeremy Tabuyo Honolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis) Has 2 catches for 6 yards
DT Hardreck Walker Spring, Texas (Westfield) Has 4 tackles
LB Shaan Washington Alexandria, La. (Senior) Has 9 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 QBS, 1 FF, 1 FR
DB Jonathan Wiggins Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor) Has 1 tackle
WR Ja’Quay Williams Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek) 2 catches for 58 yards, 1 TD
Sumlin among coaching elite
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin won 23 games the past two seasons, which was tied for second-most among all NCAA FBS coaches. Alabama’s Nick Saban led the way with 25 victories followed by the 23 wins by Sumlin, North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren, LSU’s Les Miles, Boise State’s Chris Peterson and Stanford’s David Shaw.
Most Wins (Last two seasons, 2011-12)
WINS Coach, School (s)
25 Nick Saban, Alabama
23 Dave Doeren, North Carolina State (Northern Illinois); Les Miles, LSU; Chris Peterson, Boise State; David Shaw, Stanford; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M (Houston)
Maroon Goons clear the way
Paving the way for the Aggies’ offense is one of the biggest offensive fronts in school history, which features a pair of tackles that have been projected to be NFL first-round draft picks in the future. The projected starting five, self-titled the “Maroon Goons,” of senior All-American Jake Matthews (OT), juniors Cedric Ogbuehi (OT) and Jarvis Harrison (OG), sophomore Mike Matthews (C) and redshirt freshman Germain Ifedi (OG) weigh in at 1,526 pounds or 305.2 per goon.
Matthews shifted from right tackle to left tackle to replace Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, while Ogbuehi moved from guard to right tackle.
Here’s the Beef
Lineman________________ Ht____ WT___ career starts
LT Jake Matthews______ 6-5___ 305___ 37 (37 consecutive)
LG Jarvis Harrison 6-3_ 325 22 (18 consecutive)
C Mike Matthews______ 6-2___ 285___ 4 (4 consecutive)
RG ________________ Germain Ifedi 6-5_ 311 4 (4 consecutive)
RT Cedric Ogbuehi 6-5_ 295 23 (22 consecutive)
Matthews ranks among elite
• Returning All-America offensive tackle Jake Matthews was listed No. 1 on the top 100 college seniors list compiled by NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt.
• On a pair of 2014 NFL mock drafts, Matthews was projected to be selected fifth overall (first offensive lineman) to the Arizona Cardinals.
texAS A&M in the rankings
The Aggies entered the 2013 season with a top 10 preseason ranking in The Associated Press poll for the 13th time in school history. The Aggies were No. 7 in the AP poll, and No. 6 in the USA Today coaches poll.
• It was the highest AP preseason rank since starting No. 7 in 1999, and the No. 6 ranking by the coaches was the highest since bing ranked No. 6 in the 1995 poll.
• With this week’s No. 10 AP/No. 9 USA Today ranking, the Aggies have been ranked in 15 straight editions of the polls.
• Texas A&M finished 2012 ranked No. 5 in both the media and coaches polls. It was A&M’s highest final rank since 1956.
Aggies in the Rankings (2013 week by week)
Poll PrE S3 S9 S16 S23 S30 O7 O14 O21 O28 N4 N11 N18 N25 D2 Final
AP #7 #7 #6 #10 #10
USA Today #6 #7 #6 #9 #9
BCS -- --
Texas A&M needs five wins to join an elite group of college football programs with 700 or more all-time victories. Going into 2013, only 14 programs have hit the 700-win plateau: Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, USC, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, Auburn and West Virginia. In its 119th season of football, Texas A&M has a 694-452-48 record (.601).
aBOUT THE AGGIE cOACHES
Several members of Texas A&M coaching staff played at the collegiate and professional level, including several that oversee the position that they played.
Kevin Sumlin Head Coach Linebacker at Purdue
Clarence McKinney Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Quarterback/WR at U. of Mary
Mark Snyder Defensive Coordinator Free safety at Marshall
Jake Spavital Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Quarterback/punter at Missouri State
Marcel Yates Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Defensive back for Boise State
Jeff Banks Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Punter at Washington State
David Beaty Wide Receivers/Recruting Coordinator Wide receiver at Lindenwood U.
Mark Hagen Linebackers Linebacker at Indiana U.
Terry Price Defensive Line Defensive lineman at Texas A&M
Larry Jackson Director of FB Sports Performance Defensive end/linebacker at Texas A&M
SUMLIN Coaching Tree
Kevin Sumlin served as an assistant coach under under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M, Joe Tiller at Purdue and Wyoming, Jim Wacker and Glen Mason at Minnesota and Mike Price at Washington State.
Since becoming a head coach in 2008, four of his assistant coach hires have joined the head coaching ranks: Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia, Tony Levine at Houston, Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and Brian Polian at Nevada.
Multiple players on the Aggies’ 2013 roster have fathers that were accomplished professional athletes in the NFL or other sports.
BRUCE MATTHEWS / Sons Jake and Mike
The father of Aggie offensive linemen Jake and Mike Matthews, Bruce, was a perennial All-Pro offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. The elder Matthews currently coaches Jake and Mike’s older brother, Kevin, with the Tennessee Titans. Kevin Matthews was the Aggies’ starter at center in 2008 and 2009.
Rod Harris / De’Vante Harris
Sophomore cornerback De’Vante Harris’ father, Rod, was an accomplished return specialist for three NFL teams and compiled over 150 punt and kickoff returns during his pro career..
Louis Cheek / Joseph Cheek
Sophomore lineman Joseph Cheek’s dad, Louis, saw action in 49 games in four seasons in the NFL.
Ken Hill / Kenny Hill
True freshman quarterback Kenny Hill’s dad, Ken, played 14 seasons in the MLB with several teams. He was an All-Star in 1994 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and finished second in the Cy Young balloting after compiling a 16-5 record. He was sixth in the Cy Young voting in 1996 with the Texas Rangers. He finished his career with 117 career victories.
WR Rod Harris 1985-88 / CB De’Vante Harris, So-1L
OT Louis Cheek 1984-87 / OT Joseph Cheek, So-1L
DB Lynn Honeycutt 1978-79 / DB Clay Honeycutt, Jr-1L
QB Mark McQueen 1981-82 / QB Conner McQueen, Fr-RS
TE Greg Schorp 1990-93 / DL Tanner Schorp, Fr-HS
LB Tyrell Taylor / LB Tyrone Taylor
The Texas A&M football team will honor the memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu with a helmet sticker that reflects his Tongan heritage. The Aggies will wear the circular decal with Manukainiu’s #90 jersey and his first name on it. Inset in the jersey number will be a Tongan-inspired design. The Aggies will wear the decal throughout the 2013 season.
Texas A&M equipment manager Matt Watson said, “We wanted to come up with a tribute to Polo as a player, but also reflect a bit of his personality as well. After talking with several of his friends and family it was evident how much Polo’s Tongan heritage meant to him. After trying to incorporate partial elements of Polo’s actual Tongan Tribal arm tattoos we came up with this design that hopefully his family, friends, and teammates will deem a fitting and personal reflection to who he was both on and off the playing field.”
Manukainiu, from Euless, Texas, died along with two other passengers in a tragic automobile accident on July 29, 2013.
One Texas A&M player will wear Polo’s #90 jersey in every game in 2012.
Rice DT Alonzo Williams
SHSU DE Tyrell Taylor
Alabama DT Kirby Ennis
SMU DE Julien Obioha
Team All SEC
Florida................................. 2-1................ 1-0
Georgia................................ 2-1................ 1-0
South Carolina..................... 2-1................ 1-1
Missouri............................... 3-0................ 0-0
Tennessee........................... 2-2................ 0-1
Vanderbilt............................ 2-2................ 0-1
Kentucky.............................. 1-2................ 0-0
Team All SEC
Alabama.............................. 3-0................ 1-0
LSU...................................... 4-0................ 1-0
Ole Miss.............................. 3-0................ 1-0
Auburn................................. 3-1................ 1-1
Arkansas.............................. 3-1................ 0-0
Texas A&M.......................... 3-1................ 0-1
Mississippi State................. 2-2................ 0-1
This Week’s Games
(All Times Central)
GAMES OF SATURDAY, SEPT. 28
South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at Central Florida (3-0)
Noon ET • ABC
Orlando, Fla. • Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323)
South Alabama (2-1) at Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC)
12:21 p.m. • SEC TV
Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (102,455)
LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Georgia (2-1, 1-0 SEC)
3:30 p.m. ET • CBS
Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC)
5:30 p.m. CT • ESPN
Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)
Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at Arkansas (3-1, 0-0 SEC)
6 p.m. CT • ESPN2
Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000) S
Florida (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at Kentucky (1-2, 0-0 SEC)
7 p.m. ET • ESPNU
Lexington, Ky. • Commonweath Stadium (67,942)
Arkansas State (2-2) at Missouri (3-0, 0-0 SEC)
6:30 p.m. CT • CSS
Columbia, Mo. • Memorial Stadium-Faurot Field (71,004)
UAB (1-2) at Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-2 SEC)
6:30 p.m. CT • FSN
Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (40,550) S
OPEN: Auburn (3-1, 0-1 SEC), Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1 SEC)
• In his second season at Texas A&M. His 11 wins in 2012 gave him the most wins by any Aggie head coach in their first season.
• 2012 SEC Coach of the Year by the AP, SEC Co-Coach of the Year by the league head coaches
• 2012 National Coach of the Year finalist: Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, FWAA/Eddie Robinson, and Liberty Mutual
• Sixth season as a college head coach.
• Earned his degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Purdue University in 1988.
• Standout linebacker for the Boilermakers from 1983-86.
• Was hired at Texas A&M on Dec. 10, 2011 after four highly successful seasons as head coach at the University of Houston.
• Compiled a 35-17 record at UH, and led the Cougars to three bowl games in his four seasons.
• Was a 2009, 2011 and 2012 “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year finalist, and a AFCA Coach of the Year finalist in 2011.
• Served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M from 2001-02. Was hired hired as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, and he added offensive coordinator to his responsibilities early in the 2002 season after the offense struggled early in the season. With Sumlin calling the plays, the Aggie offense flourished, averaging 33.0 points and 419 yards per game for the remainder of the season after posting just 16.0 points and 286 yards per game previously. A highlight of the season included a 30-26 win over top-ranked Oklahoma with the Aggies gaining 404 total yards to key the victory.
• Other assistant coaching stops for Sumlin include: Oklahoma (2003-07), Purdue (1998-2000), Minnesota (1993-97) and Wyoming (1991-92). He got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Washington State from 1989-90.
• As an assistant coach, Sumlin served under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M, Joe Tiller at Purdue and Wyoming, Jim Wacker and Glen Mason at Minnesota and Mike Price at Washington State.
• Sumlin has coached in 11 bowl games, including all four Bowl Championship Series games (2002 Rose Bowl, 2004 Sugar Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl, 2007 and 2008 Fiesta Bowls). Also played in Peach Bowl (now Chick-Fil-A Bowl).
• Sumlin is a native of Indianapolis, Ind., and attended high school at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep. Was born Aug. 3, 1964 in Brewton, Ala.
• Home of the Aggies since 1905.
• Capacity of Kyle Field is 82,589.
• Stadium record crowd is 90,079, set vs. Nebraska in 2010 (9-6 win by the Aggies) ... school record 18 straight sellouts
• Kyle Field is named for former A&M Dean of Agriculture Edwin Jackson Kyle, who donated a 400 x 400-foot area of the southern edge of campus that had been assigned to him for horticultural experiments. It became the home of the Aggies.
• Texas A&M received aproval from Board of Regents to proceed with $450 million redevelopment of Kyle Field. Renovation and expansion will start immediately after 2013 season and is scheduled to be competed in time for the 2015 season.
• With 30,000 Texas A&M students at football games, Kyle Field hosts the largest student crowd in the nation.
kYLE fIELD rECORD cROWDS
1. 90,079 vs. No. 8 Nebraska (2010) Won, 9-6
2. 88,645 vs. No. 25 Texas (2011) Lost, 27-25
3. 88,253 vs. No. 12 Texas (2007) Won, 38-30
4. 87,596 vs. No. 1 Alabama (2013) Lost, 49-42
5. 87,555 vs. No. 5 Texas (2001) Lost, 21-7
6. 87,429 vs. No. 6 LSU (2012) Lost, 24-19
7. 87,361 vs. Baylor (2011) Won, 55-26
8. 87,358 vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State (2011) Lost, 30-29
9. 87,206 vs. Notre Dame (2001) Won, 24-3
10. 87,222 vs. Missouri (2012) Won, 59-29
Kyle Field rECORD season averages
1. 87,183 2011 610, 283/7 games
2. 87,014 2012 522,083/6 games
3. 82,711 2001 496, 268/6 games
4. 82,477 2010 577, 338/7 games
5. 82,207 2007 575, 450/7 games
6. 82,193 2008 575, 351/7 games
7. 80,198 2002 561, 389/7 games
8. 79,732 2005 478, 389/6 games
9. 77,578 2000 465, 471/6 games
10. 76,800 2009 537, 602/7 games
6-1 • 200 • Sophomore
Kerrville, Texas (Tivy HS)
2012 Heisman Trophy Winner
2012 Davey O’Brien Award Winner
2012 Manning Award winner
2012 AP College Player of the Year
2012 Consensus All-American
• Two-time Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week in 2012
• 2012 Three-time AT&T All-America Player of the Week in 2012
• Three-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week in 2012
• Nine-time SEC Freshman of the Week in 2012
• Broke the SEC record for total offense twice: (557 vs. Arkansas on Sept. 29 and 576 vs. Louisiana Tech on Oct. 13).
• Broke the SEC total offense record of 4,327 yards set by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn in 2010.
• First SEC player to surpass the 5,000 total yards barrier in a season with 5,116 in 2012, which ranked No. 10 in NCAA history. Among the NCAA’s 12 all-time 5,000-yard gainers, Manziel’s 1,410 rushing yards is the most by over 1,000 yards (366 by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan in 2006).
• Faced three teams that finished in NCAA top 10 in total defense: Alabama (No. 1, 250.0), Florida (No. 5, 287.5) and LSU (No. 8, 307.6). Manziel averaged 293.7 total offense in those three contests.
• First player in NCAA FBS history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game three times in his career. Manziel did it in the first nine games of the 2012 season.
• First SEC player, first freshman and fifth NCAA FBS player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
• Reached the 3,000/1,000 level in his 11th game, fastest in history. Previous fastest was 13 games by Vince Young of Texas in 2005 and Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan in 2007.
• Broke NCAA freshman record for QB rushing and total offense in the 11th game of 2012. QB rushing record was 1,029 by Brad Smith of Missouri in 2002 and the total offense record was 3,827 by Jared Lorenzen of Kentucky in 2000.
• Is Texas A&M’s only 1,000-yard QB rusher, and his 1,410 rushing yards rank No. 2 in SEC history among quarterbacks behind only Cam Newton’s 1,473 yards in 2010.
• Manziel generated 393.5 yards of total offense per game, which was more than 60 teams in the NCAA FBS.
• Accounted for 47 touchdowns, which was a school record. Ranked No. 3 in SEC history (behind Tim Tebow’s 55 in 2007 and Cam Newton’s 51 in 2010) and No. 1 in the NCAA FBS in 2012.
• Manziel ran or threw for76 20-yard plus plays in 2012 or 5.8 per game.
• Scored two-plus rushing TDs and two-plus passing TDs in seven games.
• Sat out five complete quarters of plays, and all but one drive in five other quarters.
2012 Manziel Game by Game
Rushing Passing Total TD
Opponent No. Yds. TD LG C-A-I Yds. TD LG OFF Resp
8 FLORIDA 17 60 1 16 23-30-0 173 0 28 233 1
15 at SMU 13 124 2 48 20-36-0 294 4 42 418 6
22 S. CAROLINA ST. 8 78 2 39 15-20-0 174 3 37 252 5
29 ARKANSAS 14 104 1 52 29-38-0 453 3 80 557 4
Opponent No. Yds. TD LG C-A-I Yds. TD LG Tot. O TDR
6 at Ole Miss 20 129 1 38 17-26-2 191 1 34 320 2
13 vs Louisiana Tech 19 181 3 72 24-40-1 395 3 75 576 6
20 LSU 17 27 0 14 29-56-3 276 0 27 303 0
27 at Auburn 9 90 3 36 16-23-0 260 2 50 350 5
Opponent No. Yds. TD LG C-A-I Yds. TD LG Tot. O TDR
3 at Mississippi St. 21 129 2 37 30-36-0 311 0 40 440 2
10 at Alabama 18 92 0 32 24-31-0 253 2 42 345 2
17 SAM HOUSTON 16 100 2 22 14-20-1 267 3 89 367 5
24 MISSOURI 12 67 2 18 32-44-1 372 3 39 439 5
Opponent No. Yds. TD LG C-A-I Yds. TD LG Tot. O TDR
4 vs. Oklahoma 17 229 2 44 22-34-1 287 2 35 516 4
2012 TOTAL 201 1,410 21 72 295-434-9 3,706 26 89 5,116 47
2013 Manziel Game by Game
Opponent No. Yds. TD LG C-A-I Yds. TD LG Tot. O TDR
31 RICE 6 19 0 12 6-8-0 94 3 34 113 3
Opponent No. Yds. TD LG C-A-I Yds. TD LG Tot. O TDR
7 SAM HOUSTON 7 36 1 12 29-42-1 426 3 42 462 4
14 ALABAMA 14 98 0 20 28-39-2 464 5 95 562 5
21 SMU 12 102 2 20 14-21-1 244 1 46 346 3
2013 TOTAL 39 255 3 20 77-110-4 1,226 12 95 1,483 15
CAREER TOTAL 240 1,665 24 72 372-544-13 4,934 38 95 6,599 62
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