Kevin Sumlin met with the media this afternoon before spring football kicks off in Aggieland tomorrow. Here are the biggest notes from today's press conference.
Injuries: Sumlin said that Ivan Robinson, Julien Obioha, Kirby Ennis and Steven Jenkins will all miss spring football with injuries. He noted that Obioha started every game last year and has nothing to prove with toughness. That makes me think that if it were the regular season, Obioha could play. However, they're going to hold him out. Trey Williams will miss most of spring practice, but is expected to return for the final week.
Ennis Status: Sumlin further added that it wasn't just injury, but that Kirby Ennis is also still suspended. However, he said that he has some "internal" things to do before he can rejoin the team, so it sounds like Ennis has a path to rejoin the team before the fall. If you look at the depth chart for the defensive line, it doesn't take a genius to see that the Aggies could definitely use him.
Askew at linebacker: Both Sumlin and Snyder noted that Nate Askew is one of the best athletes on the team, but it just wasn't translating to production at wide receiver so they're going to experiment with him this spring at linebacker. Should be interesting to watch.
Raven at safety: Snyder talked about wanting to find a way to best utilize Floyd Raven. He noted that last year he spent some time playing outside linebacker in certain sets, as well as safety. He did say he's not sure he'll be good at safety, but that he might be better suited for it than he has been at corner. Toney Hurd brought up a good point about the move, saying that Raven is going to have to learn the whole defense instead of just getting the call at corner.
Hagen Impressive: Snyder also said that Mark Hagen has been impressive in first few weeks in Aggieland. He said one advantage that Snyder might have is that he gets to work with an entirely new group of linebackers, he's not coming in with guys that have worked for a long time under a previous coach.
Alexander's Time to Shine: Brandon Alexander is a guy that the Aggies could really use this year if he can come along after redshirting last season. Snyder said that Alexander has a little more optimism about him these days, and that he hopes Alexander's progress is one of the big stories of the spring.
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