Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin

By Brett Hudson

One player, contrary to popular believe, can in fact change the fortunes of an entire team – a fact the Aggies know from good and bad experiences.

The good was the 11-2 debut season for both quarterback Johnny Manziel and head coach Kevin Sumlin, winning five Southeastern Conference games and the Cotton Bowl in the process.

“That’s a good situation for us,” Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “You always want to be a part of a situation where you have some relevance in your league. We worked hard at that.”

The bad? The top-rated recruiting class was overshadowed by the off-the-field hijinks getting more publicity than the $450 million renovations to Kyle Field and other positives in College Station.

“Obviously, on-the-field he has done an excellent job,” Sumlin said. “Off-the-field, there’s no question he has made some mistakes. Today will be a good experience for him.

“Unfortunately, the poor decisions are the ones that get publicized.”