Highlights From Weekly Football Presser

Aggie Websider Publisher
Posted Sep 25, 2013

The Texas Aggie football staff held its weekly Tuesday press conference at the Bright Complex. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop highlights the top quotes and comments from head coach Kevin Sumlin and defensive coordinator Mark Snyder.

Here are the highlights from Tuesday's weekly football press conference at the Bright Complex.

Coach Sumlin

On the current DB situation...

In the first couple of weeks, we had to play several freshmen and inexperienced DB's. With Everett at safety and Jacobs at CB, last week was the first time we had all experienced guys back there who know what the were doing and able to make adjustments in real-time. That was a big difference.

On the kicker situation...

Every position is a constant competition and kicker is no different. We'll continue to evaluate our options and go with the guy that we think gives us the best chance to win.

On WR receiver blocking....

Our guys know that if you don't block, you won't play. That's a pretty strong message because these guys want to play. A guy like Mike Evans does a tremendous job for us along with most of the other guys because that's how you get on the field.

On the development of Nate Askew...

At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds with his speed and 40-inch vertical, he had too much talent to be standing by me on the sidelines. He was struggling with route concepts and catching the ball, so I felt an obligation to work with him and try to find where he can help us on the team. If a guy with his measurables was available in recruiting, I'd sign him again in a heartbeat. So, we already had him on-campus, so it was a matter of finding a spot where he can help us. I would have done him a disservice if I didn't at least try to get him on the field elsewhere. He made some good plays and seems to be turning the corner, so we'll see.

On redshirting freshmen...

We signed 31 guys last year so there are going to be guys that sit. Redshirting doesn't mean you can't be a playmaker in the future. Our two best playmakers on offense (Manziel, Evans) are both redshirts. It just means that for whatever reason you weren't ready to play this year. Some of those guys will be stars here before they leave.

On Johnny's ability to checkdown this season...

I think all of our players in the second year of our offense better understand what we are doing. Johnny has done some things at the line to get us into a better play that shows he understands the principles of what we are doing and not simply doing what he's been told to do. He's getting there. He's not where Case Keenum was as a sixth year senior. We would call formations and he'd take it from there because we had so much confidence in his ability to get us in the right play. Johnny's not there yet, but he's getting there.

On Darian Claiborne...

All he does is make plays. He made a key block on the onsides kick. He's a great athlete and a good tackler. He loves the game of football. There's a reason why he's now starting as a true freshman.

Defensive Coordinator Mark Snyder

On the status of Isaiah Golden...

I think you'll see him play more as we go forward. Physically, he's ready. He's there. The issue is he needs to know what to do and where he needs to be.

On Nate Askew...

He has shown us enough recently that we're going to put him at SAM backer and see if he can answer the bell for us and show us he's capable of playing every down. We'll leave Jordan (Mastrogiovanni) to back up Claiborne at MIKE.

On the status of Floyd Raven...

He's pretty chipper on the sidelines. He's pumping me up over there. I don't know his status. I know he's not available to us this week. I think we should get him back in a few weeks.

On Kirby Ennis...

He's under-appreciated. He did a great job against Alabama and SMU. It's just that he needs help. I told him yesterday to be ready because I'm not going to take him out of the game Saturday. We need him on every play. He's an important part of what we do on defense.

On Everett and the DB performance on Saturday...

I thought the entire secondary had a very good game. The communication is starting to come around. The guys are recognizing problems within each series and making adjustments on the fly. That started to happen for us about this time last year and it gives you some encouragement that the unit is starting to come together. We're getting better.

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