Sumlin: The excitement is great, but our team must maintain our standards

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Friday June 14, 2013


Posted by: Pete Roussel on Friday June 14, 2013

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Momentum.

No other program in college football may have it quite like Texas A&M, right now.

Following the 11-2 season that included a convincing win over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, the university announced a bold $450 million redevelopment plan of Kyle Field, which will bring capacity to 102,500 for the start of the 2015 season.

The move to the SEC started everything, but couple that with LIVE disc-jockey at practice, the nation's endless fascination with Johnny Football, Kevin Sumlin hoisting a WWE championship belt, new custom-designed cleats, a couple of jokes about Alabama, a head coach declaring his program has the best wide receiver corps in America arriving on campus this summer, reports that Sumlin turned down the Philadelphia Eagles' job, YESIR's flying on twitter, a current Top 5 recruiting class --- the Aggies have a swagger that is turning heads.

But don't kid yourself because Sumlin is well-aware that his program finished third in the SEC West last season.

Sumlin told KAGS-TV on Thursday night, "As a staff and team, we've got to maintain our own standards no matter what everyone else thinks, but for our fans it's great for them to be at this level of excitement."

"We have a lot of momentum based on a lot of different things.  People ask me all the time if there is one thing that you can point to.  I think it's a combination of a lot of different things -- the move to the SEC has strengthened our brand, strengthened our footprint nationally.  I think having some success in Year One has helped us, and certainly our style of play.  It's not one thing.  It's a lot of things."

"For the most part, everybody understands that our fans get it.  Recruits get that, too."

Sumlin added, "It's nothing that we want to discourage.  We want to keep our fan's level of excitement high, but as a football teams it's our job to hit the reset button and move on the next year.  Our fans and you guys can keep on talking about what we're supposed to do.  If we had that attitude that some people had last year, then we probably wouldn't have been any good at all.   As a staff and team, we've got to maintain our own standards no matter what everyone else thinks, but for our fans it's great for them to be at this level of excitement."

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