Jimbo Fisher pushes back on anyone trying to lower expectations for Baylor Cupp: 'Don't ever put limitations on somebody'
Arguably the biggest revelation for the Aggies last season was the emergence of tight end Jace Sternberger. It’s pretty rare for a player without a ton of hype to walk on to an SEC campus from the junior college ranks, after he couldn’t get on the field at Kansas, and produce an All-American season.
That’s what Sternberger did last year and then decided to leave school early to get a jump start on a career in the NFL, leaving the Aggies back to square one at the position.
That’s where Baylor Cupp comes in.
The nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect in the 2019 recruiting cycle racked up 30 catches for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns his final two seasons at Brock High School, meaning he averaged over 30 yards per reception. His production was also limited due to injuries his senior season but that hasn’t stopped Cupp from shouldering some incredible expectations entering his first year on campus.
During his most recent media availability, Jimbo Fisher was asked if it’s reasonable to expect Cupp, who played at the Class 3A level during his Texas high school career, to come in and contribute immediately in the SEC. Fisher didn’t seem to appreciate the thought that expectations should be lowered for any of his players.
“I’m not going to say I expect it but I’m not going to not expect it. Don’t ever put limitations on somebody,” Fisher said on Thursday. “Each person is different, everyone does their own thing and he’s working very hard, he’s very capable, learns well and he’s got all kinds of ability.
“So we’ll see, I think he’s had a really good camp so far. I’ve been really happy with his progress.”
There’s no doubt Cupp will have the opportunity to show what he can do on the field as early as next season following the departure of Sternberger and based on Fisher’s comments, don’t expect the Aggies to hesitate to throw the freshman out on the field as soon as he proves he’s ready to handle the rigors of the SEC.