Friday, July 19, 2013
Chat wrap: Talking Aggies, post-SEC media day
By Sam Khan Jr.
With SEC media days recently wrapping up, GigEmNation writer Sam Khan Jr. chatted with readers on Friday about Texas A&M football and recruiting. Here's the full transcript of the chat. Below is an excerpt:
Jeremy Wilks (San Antonio, TX): Any updates on the two FB players involved in the bar incident )Evereett & ???)?
Sam Khan Jr.: I asked Kevin Sumlin about the status of cornerback Deshazor Everett, safety Floyd Raven and defensive tackle Kirby Ennis (all of which have had offseason arrests). Sumlin said this about all three: "The only thing I can say is that they've been suspended indefinitely pending the investigation, legally and athletically. There will be a decision made at the appropriate time. Other than that, I really can't comment on it too much because of where it is legally." So that's where it is. No word on whether they'll miss games.
Rock the Good Ag (Aggie Heaven): What was the mood in Hoover about the Sept. 14 game? Does 'Bama sweat A&M?
Sam Khan Jr.: The mood seemed to be that people feel it's going to be the biggest game of the regular season. I don't think Alabama fears Texas A&M, and the Crimson Tide did a good job of talking about their first opponent (Virginia Tech) rather than the Aggies. But based on what I know and things we've seen (like the Aggies win over Alabama being played in the Crimson Tide's weight room constantly) there's no doubt the Tide are really anticipating getting another chance to play the Aggies.
Tony (Richmond, CA): Is therre more pressure on Manziel given the number of off the field issues/incidents reported during this offseason? Did McCarron add even more fuel to the fire of the Sept. 14 meeting with his backhanded references/comments?
Sam Khan Jr.:AJ McCarron said today, via his Twitter account, that his words were not meant as jabs at Johnny Manziel, so take that for what it's worth. As for pressure on Manziel, I think there's more media pressure and certainly his world is a bit of a fishbowl right now. Hard for him to go out and do anything without it becoming news. As for football pressure, the Aggies are hoping to win the SEC West and an SEC title and perhaps get to the BCS title game, so that's enough pressure for an entire team, much less Manziel. But I think once football practice starts, he'll be fine. I could see a scenario where football becomes an escape for him from the everyday stress he deals with now.