Kevin Sumlin shares his thoughts on what makes Christian Kirk so special
Things are heating up in College Station right now as the Aggies have lost three of their last four — all against SEC opponents. Should the A&M lose to New Mexico this weekend, Kevin Sumlin may not be welcome back to coach the Ole Miss game the following weekend.
The Texas A&M coach spoke Wednesday during the SEC Coaches Teleconference.
Here’s a summary of what he had to say:
- Opening comments: New Mexico will be a senior night for 14 seniors that have done a lot here at Texas A&M.
- Has this year been more of a distraction than others? I don’t know, each year has unique challenges, it’s all about your approach. As far as differently? It’s what we signed up for. It’s tougher on families than the coaches.
- Do you even talk to your players about that stuff (job security, etc)? You have to have a feel for that. We began the year with an attitude of trust in players, coaches, staff, everyone in the organization. The trust factor you build make it, it’s the way we do business.
- Thoughts on Christian Kirk? He was a guy that was highly recruited, sometimes those guys come with bigger challenges. When he got here, he continued to work and he continues to work. His approach on Saturday is what people see but his teammates see his work Sunday to Saturday. It’s attributed to his success. He wants to be the best at what he does. A lot of people say that but he backs that up.
- How tough is it to live up to that five-star hype? Yeah. One of the compliments is that (Kirk) came with that and he walked into the room and didn’t really say anything. He says it with his actions, how he takes care of himself. Many players have a tough time with the adjustments from high school and he didn’t because of his work ethic.