Texas A&M Football Game Notes vs Ole Miss

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Game #6 / Aggies vs. Rebels
(4-1, 1-1 vs. SEC)
Ole Miss
(3-2, 1-2 vs. SEC)

KICKOFF/DATE:...... 7:30 PM (CT), Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
SITE....................... Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (Cap. 60,580)
TELEVISION............ ESPN (National)
Brad Nessler, play-by-play
Kirk Herbstreit, commentary
Holly Rowe, sideline reporter
RADIO................... Texas A&M Sports Network
Dave South, play-by-play
Dave Elmendorf, commentary
Will Johnson, sideline
(Texas A&M feed on SiriusXM channel: Sirius 91 / XM 91)
RANKINGS............. Texas A&M (No. 9 - AP / No. 9 - USA Today)
Ole miss (RV - AP / NR - Usa today)
SERIES HISTORY...... Texas A&M leads 5-0 (Last meeting: 2012: TAMU 30, at Ole Miss 27))
LIVE AUDIO............ aggieathletics.com, radioaggieland.com
STATS.................... aggieathletics.com

Aggies seek SEC Win #2 against Rebels in Oxford
The 4-1 Texas A&M football team will be seeking its second Southeastern Conference victory of 2013 when the Aggies battle the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Miss., at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. It’s the second straight year that the Aggies will travel to Oxford for the matchup. Last year, the Aggies rallied from 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 30-27.
• The last time A&M played a conference opponent on the road in consecutive years was 1995-96 when the Aggies traveled to Waco for games in the Southwest Conference to Big 12 Conference transition. The Aggies also played Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark., in back-to-back seasons in 1975-76.
• Prior to 2012, the Aggies had never traveled to Oxford, Miss.
• Last year’s A&M-Ole Miss game was the Aggies’ first-ever road SEC game. A&M is 5-0 in road SEC matchups, with two wins over ranked opponents.
• The Aggies have a 5-0 all-time record against Ole Miss, but the last four matchups have been decided by a touchdown or less. The last two games have been decided by a field goal.
• Second-year Texas A&M defensive line coach Terry Price served two coaching stints at Ole Miss -- from 1995-98 and 2009-11.

TAMU vs. Ole Miss Series
Year Location W-L, Score
2012 Oxford, Miss. W, 30-27
1980 Jackson, Miss. W, 23-20
(Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium)
1975 College Station W, 7-0
1914 Dallas, Texas W, 14-7
1911 College Station W, 17-0

Sumlin shines
• Since the end of the 2010 season, Kevin Sumlin has compiled an impressive 27-4 record at Houston (12-1) and Texas A&M (15-3).
• Since dropping his A&M debut game to Florida, Sumlin has compiled a 15-2 record.

road warriors
• Texas A&M will be seeking its 10th straight win away from Kyle Field when the Aggies take on the Rebels 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’ nine-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 14 games (6 at Houston, 8 at A&M).

Road Winning Streak
vs. Northwestern__________ W, 33-22
(Reliant Stadium, Houston)
at SMU__________________ W, 48-3
at Ole Miss_______________ W, 30-27
at Louisiana Tech_________ W, 59-57
(Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.)
at Auburn________________ W, 63-21
at (#17) Mississippi State_ W, 38-13
at (#1) Alabama__________ W, 29-24
vs. (#12) Oklahoma_______ W, 41-13
(AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)
at Arkansas______________ W, 45-33

TUrnover turnaround
The Aggies have been solid in the turnover margin category with 10 takeaways against just five turnovers, which is tied for the best in the SEC and tied for No. 18 nationally.
• Last year, the Aggies had a turnover advantage in four of 13 games. In 2013, the Aggies have won the turnover battle in four of five games. The only time the Aggies have lost the turnover battle was against top-ranked Alabama (2 turnovers/1 takeaway), which is also A&M’s lone loss.
• Their turnover margin success has led to a significant advantage in points after turnovers. The Aggies have scored 45 points after gaining a turnover, while opponents have scored just 17 points after turnovers.
• With 10 takeaways in the first five games of 2013, the Aggies are nearing the season total of 16 from 2012.

“Fast start”-ers
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 started implementing the period when his teams at the University of Houston were getting off to slow starts.
• Texas A&M has scored first in 17 of 18 games under 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 15 of 18 times with an impressive 14 touchdowns. A&M has opened the last four games with a TD on its first offensive series. A&M has also scored TDs on its first two possessions in its last three games.
• 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 18 opening series.

Milestones on horizon
• As a team, Texas A&M needs 68 total yards to reach 3,000 yards in the sixth game of the season for the second straight season.
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel needs 81 total yards to reach 7,000 career yards in his 19th career game vs. Ole Miss. He reached 6,000 yards in 16 career games, which was the fastest in FBS history.
• Other Manziel milestones: needs five completions to reach 400 (done by eight Aggies previously); needs 26 pass attempts to reach 600 (done by nine Aggies); needs 276 rushing yards to reach 2,000 (QB school record of 2,095 by Bucky Richardson, 1987-91);
• Sophomore WR Mike Evans needs 204 receiving yards to reach 2,000 for his career (done by four Aggies previously).
• With two more catches, Evans will match the career receptions total by Ryan Tannehill (112), who is now the starting QB for the Miami Dolphins.
• Junior DB Deshazor Everett needs three tackles to reach 100 for his career.

About the open date
• The Aggies are coming off the first open date of the Kevin Sumlin era. Last year’s Oct. 13 open date was lost when the scheduled season-opener was postponed due to concerns about Hurricane Isaac.

In the NCAA Rankings
Johnny Manziel’s impact
Category______________ Stat____ NCAA SEC
Completion %___________ .714________ 8 1
Completions/G__________ 20.0_______ 33 2
Passing Efficiency_______ 188.1________ 5 2
Passing TDs________________ 14________ 7 2
Passing Yards___________ 1,489_______ 17 4
Passing Yards/G_________ 297.8_______ 14 2
Passing Yards/Completion 14.9_______ 14 3
Pts. Responsible For_____ 20.4________ 7 1
Mike Evans’ impact
Category______________ Stat____ NCAA SEC
Receiving Yards__________ 691________ 4 2
Receiving Yards/G______ 138.2________ 3 1
Receptions/G_____________ 5.6_______ 50 4
All Purpose____________ 138.2_______ 29 4
Receiving TDs______________ 5_______ 13 3

Manziel & Evans
• Of the 110 career receptions by sophomore WR Mike Evans, 106 of the passes have come from Johnny Manziel.
• On the night before games, Manziel and Evans are roommates.
• Manziel has 12 career interceptions (in 574 attempts), and Evans has made the tackle on three of pickoffs.

Johnny 500
500-Yard Total Offense Games (SEC history)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 576 vs. La. Tech, 2012
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 562 vs. Alabama, 2013
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 557 vs. Arkansas, 2012
Archie Manning, Ole Miss 540 vs. Alabama, 1969
Rohan Davey, LSU 540 vs. Alabama, 2001
Tim Tebow, Florida 533 vs. Cincinnati, 2009
Eric Zeier, Georgia 527 vs. USM, 1993
Jared Lorenzen, Kentucky 525 vs. Georgia, 2000
Whit Taylor, Vanderbilt 521 vs. Tennessee, 1981
Chris Nickson, Vanderbilt 517 vs. Kentucky, 2006
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 516 vs. Oklahoma, 2012
Steve Taneyhill, South Carolina 512 vs. Miss. State, 1995
Peyton Manning, Tennessee 508 vs. Kentucky, 1997
500-Yard Total Offense Games (FBS in 2013)
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 562 vs. Alabama
Connor Halliday, Washington St. 516 vs. California
Brett Smith, Wyoming 511 vs. Air Force

2 + 2 = Johnny manziel
2 Rushing / 2 Passing TDs in a Game
(Since 1996)
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-

Noting Manziel
• 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.
• He has a career yards/rush average of 6.9.
• Manziel’s career completion percentage is 68.8, 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 15 of 18 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 seven times in 18 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.

Noting Mike Evans
2013 Catches By Distance
1-9 yards – 6
10-19 yards – 8
20-29 yards – 4
30-99 – 10
• Sophomore WR Mike Evans leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 in FBS in receiving yards per game with a 138.2 average.
• His five TDs in five games have already matched 2012’s season total.
• Evans has at least one 20-yard catch in 16-of-18 career games, and he has at least one 40+ catch in four straight games.
• 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 18 career games, Mike Evans has caught at least one pass on the Aggies’ opening offensive sequence 10 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 (18 games).
• Just 18 games into his A&M career, Evans ranks No. 5 in career receiving yards (1,796 yards) and tied for No. 7 in career catches (110).

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.

Aggie Legacies
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
Aggie Twins
LB Tyrell Taylor / LB Tyrone Taylor

• Texas A&M has opened 2013 with five straight 40-plus points scoring efforts for the first time in school history.
• Dating back to 2012, the Aggies have scored 40+ points in eight straight games, which is a school record and is tied for longest in the FBS.
• The Aggies have scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game in four straight games. A&M has also scored TDs on their first two possessions in three staight 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 33 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 120 games.

• The Aggies have at least 32 rushing plays in every game in 2013. The fewest rushing attempts by A&M during the Sumlin era is 29.
• Balanced offense has attempted 202 rushes/179 passes, and scored 15 rushing TDs and 16 passing TDs.
• A&M’s top four rushers -- Johnny Manziel, Ben Malena, Tra Carson and Trey Williams -- all have 100 or more rushing yards this season, and combine for 968 yards on 161 carries (6.0 per carry).
• Senior RB Ben Malena has seven straight games with at least one reception ... he also has seven straight games with at least one TD rush ... he has 17 straight games with at least seven carries.
• Senior WR Derel Walker had catches on five straight plays (for 49 yards) against Arkansas as the Aggies moved from their own 25 to the Hog 26-yard line. His previous game high was five catches. He finished with career highs in catches (7) and receiving yards (81).
• Walker has at least one catch of 20 yards or more in each of the last four games after having zero 20-yard catches in the previous 13 games of his career.
• In his last six games of action, sophomore RB Trey Williams has rushed for 258 yards on 31 carries (8.3 average).
• 18 Aggies have at least one catch in 2013, which is tied for No. 3 in FBS.
• The Aggies have converted 34-of-60 third down tries (56.7 success rate). Last year, the Aggies led the nation with a 55.0 percent success rate.
• The Aggies are one of seven FBS teams averaging more than 10.0 yards per pass attempt (10.2).
__ Baylor____________ 14.2
__ Florida State_______ 11.3
__ LSU______________ 11.1
__ Louisville__________ 10.7
__ Georgia___________ 10.4
__ Miami (Fla.)_______ 10.3
__ Texas A&M________ 10.2
• The Aggies are one of 10 teams in FBS averaging 7.0 or more yards per play (7.7).

• The Aggies have generated at least two takeaways four times in 2013. A&M had two or more takeaways in only five games in 13 chances in 2012.
• Junior DB Deshazor Everett has made at least seven tackles in his last three games.
• Everett has defensive scores in consecutive games with an fumble return vs. SMU and an INT return vs. Arkansas. The last time an Aggie had defensive scores in consecutive games was 1999 when “Big Play” Jay Brooks had an INT return vs. Southern Miss and a punt block return vs. Texas Tech.
• Senior CB Tramain Jacobs has 13 tackles and four passes broken up in the past two games.
• A defensive player for just five games, senior LB Nate Askew has produced 10 tackles and two tackles for loss of yardage in the past two games.
• True freshman LB Darian Claiborne is the only Aggie to lead the team in tackles twice this season with 11 vs. Rice and eight vs. Arkansas.
• 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.
• Four 2013 defenders have scored touchdowns in their careers: Steven Jenkins via INT return, Deshazor Everett via INT (twice)and fumble return, Tramain Jacobs from a fumble return and Nate Askew on a TD catch and INT return.

Special Teams
• Junior PK Josh Lambo seems in control of the Aggies’ placekicking duties after a perfect night against Arkansas with a 39-yard FG and six PATs. BACKSTORY: Lambo was a first-round pick (8th overall) as a goalie by FC Dallas in the MLS SuperDraft in 2008.
• Lambo is 2-of-2 on FGA, and has made his last seven PAT attempts.
• BANKS EFFECT: The Aggies’ average starting position is the 31.8 yard line, while opponents start at the 22.4 (9.4-yard advantage). Former All-Pac 10 punter Jeff Banks is in his first year as the Aggies’ special teams coordinator.
• Sophomore PK Taylor Bertolet has 85 TBs on 143 career kickoffs, or 4.7 per game.
• 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 48.2 average, but doesn’t qualify for the NCAA stats because he only has 15 punts in five games in 2013 (needs minimum of 3.6 punts/game).
• Aggies are No. 14 in the nation with a net punt average of 40.5.
• Sophomore Trey Williams posted 557 yards on 25 kickoff returns last year, which ranked No. 7 on A&M’s kickoff return yardage list. After battling injuries early in the season, Williams returned to form against Arkansas with two returns for 57 yards.
• 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 has three returns for 36 yards.
• Sophomore DB Sam Moeller has been the Aggies’ 12th Man in all five games in 2013.
• Sophomore DB De’Vante Harris leads the Aggies with five punt returns for 57 yards. His father, Rod Harris, led the Aggies in punt returns from 1986-88, and ranks No. 3 in career punt return yards.

“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 17 of 19 catches on third down (16 first downs and seven touchdowns).
• Of sophomore WR Mike Evans’ 28 catches, 24 have produced a “money play” (23 first downs and five touchdowns).
• The Aggies’ top three receivers -- Evans, junior Malcome Kennedy and senior Derel Walker -- have combined to produce 52 “money plays” on 70 catches (74.3 percent). The trio is particularly dangerous on first- and second-down plays, with 59 catches generating 42 “money plays.”
• Three Aggies have produced double-digit “money plays” on running plays -- senior RB Ben Malena (24 on 57 carries), sophomore QB Johnny Manziel (18 on 44) and sophomore Tra Carson (15 on 41).
• On third down, Manziel has produced seven first downs on 10 rushing attempts, while Malena is 4-of-5 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.

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

40-point streak
The Aggies have scored 40 or more points in eight straight games dating back to 2012, which tied for the longest streak in FBS.
Sam Houston State, 2012 W, 47-28
Missouri, 2012___________ W, 59-29
vs. Oklahoma, 2012______ W, 41-13
Rice, 2013_______________ W, 52-31
Sam Houston State, 2013 W, 65-28
Alabama, 2013___________ L, 49-42
SMU, 2013__________________ 42-13
at Arkansas, 2013___________ 45-33

400-Yard streak
The Aggies gained 523 yards against Arkansas, which marked the 17th 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 games in the NCAA FBS.
• Since head coach Kevin Sumlin’s arrival in College Station, the Aggies have surpassed 400 in 17-of-18 games, including 500-plus yards 12 times.
• Digging deeper into the Aggies’ offensive surge, Texas A&M has posted 44 400-plus yardage outputs in 57 total games since shifting to a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in 2009. During that span, the Aggies have hit the 500-yard level 29 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).

youth movement
• Going into the Ole Miss 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.

Texas A&M needs four 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 696-452-48 record (.602).

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___ 38 (38 consecutive)
LG Jarvis Harrison_______ 6-3___ 325___ 23 (19 consecutive)
C Mike Matthews______ 6-2___ 285___ 5 (5 consecutive)
RG Germain Ifedi_______ 6-5___ 311___ 5 (5 consecutive)
RT Cedric Ogbuehi______ 6-5___ 295___ 24 (23 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. 9 AP/No. 9 USA Today ranking, the Aggies have been ranked in 17 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 S8 S15 S22 S29 O6 O13 O20 O27 N3 N10 N17 N24 D1 Final
AP #7 #7 #6 #10 #10 #9 #9
USA Today #6 #7 #6 #9 #9 #9 #9
BCS -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Several members of Texas A&M coaching staff played at the collegiate and professional level, including several that oversee the position that they played.

Experience matters
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.

honoring polo
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
Arkansas DE Gavin Stansbury

Aggies in the NFL -- Week 5 Update
#83 Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears
Hauled in five receptions for 56 yards.
#72 Michael Bennett, DL, Seattle Seahawks
Recorded two tackles in loss to Indianapolis.
#79 Red Bryant, DL, Seattle Seahawks
Assisted on two tackles in loss to the Colts.
#4 Randy Bullock, PK, Houston Texans
Made 1-of-2 field goal attempts, good from 41 yards. Scored all three points that the Texans could muster in blowout loss to the 49ers.
#23 Mike Goodson, RB, New York Jets
Had three carries for 32 yards, with a long of 26 yards, and also had a catch for nine yards in Jets’ 30-28 win over the Falcons
#63 Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL, San Francisco 49ers
Recorded a tackle and an interception in the 49ers dominating defensive performance against the Texans.
#76 Luke Joeckel, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars
Started his fifth of five games for Jacksonville this seaon. Suffered a fractured ankle and was lost for the season
#97 Johnny Jolly, DL, Green Bay Packers
Recorded a pair of tackles against Detroit.
#9 Shane Lechler, P, Houston Texans
Punted the ball three times for a 50.3 average with a long of 61.
#17 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Completed 20-of-41 passes for 307 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Baltimore.

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