Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond names loudest stadium he played in last season
Texas A&M’s 2018 road schedule included trips to Tuscaloosa, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Auburn. So which crowd created the rowdiest environment?
Kellen Mond says its the rooster-crowing, “Sandstorm” playing atmosphere at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.
“I definitely felt that was the loudest stadium I played in this past year,” Mond said, per The Big Spur. “It’s definitely a hostile environment. I feel Coach [Will] Muschamp did a really good job of preparing that defense. I give them a lot of credit for what they’ve done.”
The loudest stadium question is a Media Days fixture. Not to take away from the South Carolina atmosphere, but it’s worth pointing out that players tend to look back more fondly on games they win. The South Carolina game and the Arkansas game (at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) are the only two regular-season contests away from Kyle Field in which Mond’s Aggies came out on top last seasons. Texas A&M was 1-3 in away games, falling to Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State.
Texas A&M P Braden Mann told reporters that the energy from the Williams-Brice crowd led to some of the best kickoffs of his career.
“South Carolina, that’s been one of my favorite games my freshman and junior year,” Mann said. “The energy there is crazy. You wouldn’t think so because it’s not that big of a stadium, but I’ve had some of my best kickoffs there because the energy is amazing. It’s not the same as Kyle Field, but it’s pretty good.”