VIDEO: Kevin Sumlin Talks About Team’s Struggle After Losing to Alabama in Recent Years
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin capped a busy day three at SEC Media Days as he took the podium to talk about his team heading into 2017.
The biggest criticism of Sumlin entering his sixth season with the Aggies is the team's inability to close out the season after quick starts. Over the past four years, A&M's record in November is just 7-9 and you could point to the Alabama game as the beginning of the slide in the past two season.
In 2015, the Aggies were 5-0 and ranked 9th when Alabama traveled to College Station and won 41-13. Last year, the Aggies stormed out to a 6-0 start and No. 6 ranking when the Crimson Tide knocked them off 33-14 in Tuscaloosa.
"So we've got to do a better job of handling things mentally," Sumlin said. "I look back at that game. I think we're winning the game with, what, six minutes to go in the third quarter and a couple things happen and we lose by ten points, or whatever it was, two touchdowns. And then, you know, kind of unravel after that. So, the mental part of that deal and what you do day-to-day, to get back to the question earlier, is the focus."
Texas A&M opens the season at UCLA but a win over the Bruins could setup another quick start to the season before facing Alabama on October 7.
Listen to everything Sumlin had to say in the video above and get full SEC Media Days coverage here.