Kevin Sumlin impressed by freshman WR Jhamon Ausbon: ‘He’s gotten better every scrimmage’

Oct 1, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin reacts to a play against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Much of the attention surrounding Texas A&M’s spring football camp has been centered around true freshman quarterback Kellen Mond. That’s understandable considering the Aggies didn’t have a clear answer at quarterback heading into the spring, but according to many inside the Aggie program, the true standout freshman has been Mond’s former IMG Academy teammate, receiver Jhamon Ausbon.

Count Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports among those hearing the buzz regarding the 6-foot-2, 219-pound Ausbon. Feldman recently sent out this tweet on the young Aggie playmaker.

During his Wednesday media availability, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin backed up those sentiments, saying the true freshman only continues to improve for the Aggies with each passing scrimmage.

When asked about Ausbon’s standout performance last weekend, Sumlin wasn’t surprised to see it.

“Yeah, that’s the way he’s played really since really the first scrimmage. He’s gotten better every scrimmage,” Sumlin admitted. “Physically, he’s where he needs to be. He’s 219… he just needs to continue to keep working at his technique and understand the offense and physically, you see why he was so highly recruited — he’s put together. He’s supposed to be going to prom next month and he already looks like he’s been here 2-3 years.”

While not exactly pushing the brakes on the Ausbon hype train, Sumlin cautioned anyone against asking the young receiver to immediately replace Josh Reynolds’ production in the offense — Reynolds caught 30 touchdown passes the last three seasons.

“Until they play, you never know,” Sumlin said. “Nobody knew who Josh Reynolds was when he got here. Nobody said ‘Is he going to ease the loss of Mike Evans?’ I don’t know that we ease those losses, we just try to find another guy that can play like that.”

It would be unwise to predict Ausbon to put up video game numbers in his debut season in College Station, but if he can simply provide backup on the outside to standout receiver Christian Kirk, A&M’s offense stands to benefit significantly come the fall.


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