In an effort to make the Maroon and White Game more interesting this spring, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin came up with an interesting idea — he let two of his best players draft the teams.
Sumlin revealed the news Wednesday, saying he allowed safety Armani Watts and receiver Christian Kirk a chance to build the best teams possible. The two players went position by position to make both rosters equal in terms of depth. Sumlin even let the players draft coaches.
“We drafted a Maroon and White team today. Coaches, players, everything,” Sumlin said during his media availability. “We are going to have a regular scoring system. We’ll start the game with our tradition, which we’ve done, our 12th Man Live opening kickoff. See if anyone is going to challenge (Cullen) Gillaspia for his title of 12th Man.
“We’ll play the game, those guys drafted, we’ll play the game just like a real game, except for live punts and things like that. It’ll be some fun. Different coaches on different sidelines, split it up and have a true Maroon and White Game for the first time in probably a long time.”
Sumlin went on to say the spring game will feature four quarters and likely have a running clock in the second half. The Aggie coach envisions this move will make for a competitive game, something he’s already witnessed first-hand from the team’s drafters, Watts and Kirk.
“It’s already going. It started in that room with probably our two best players,” Sumlin admitted. “They are two best friends, they live together, they vacation together, they do everything together but they got in there and sat on opposite sides of the table and it was business. You learn a lot from that. They want to win… I think it will add to the competitiveness of the game instead of it being another day of practice or scrimmage.”
The Maroon and White Game kicks off Saturday, April, 8 at 1 p.m. CT.
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