At the end of Texas A&M’s spring ball a little more than a week ago, Kevin Sumlin explained the absence of one of his rising stars over the last week of practices. Rising sophomore wide receiver Speedy Noil missed the final stretch of the drills because he was suspended.

While Sumlin didn’t use the word “suspension,” his words were enough to show that the receiver was not with the team for a reason.

“Speedy has some things he has to complete…He’ll be back this week. While he’s doing that, he’s been away from the program. Not (health-related),” Sumlin said after the Aggies’ final scrimmage of the spring.

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Sumlin continued on, shedding some light on why Noil was away from the team.

“There’s more to it than just playing football. Guys mature at different times and you hope to put some things in place to make sure guys understand what is expected from them.”

There it is: maturity. While Sumlin didn’t go into any further details on what exactly it was that Noil did to put him in the staff’s dog house, but you can read between the lines and come to your own conclusion about what kind of maturity issues they could be. Hopefully, it’s not something to the extreme of Auburn’s Jermaine Whitehead, who was suspended for reportedly berating his coaches with slurs and epithets in practice.

Whatever it is, Noil will have to shape up to get back on the field and into the team’s good graces. For as talented as he is — Noil was the top-rated receiver coming out of high school in 2014 and had a productive freshman season — the Aggies passing attack can survive without him. It’s a harsh reality, but at a school that brings in as much receiving talent as the Aggies do, there are plenty of options to replace Noil.

Last season featured the emergence of unheralded junior college transfer Josh Reynolds, as well as the presence of Ricky Seals-Jones as a massive option on the outside. Along with Malcome Kennedy and Noil, the Aggies had four receivers with more than 40 catches, spreading the wealth around in a pass-heavy attack.

This spring, early enrollee freshman Christian Kirk has thoroughly impressed the coaching staff with his abilities as a receiver, both in the slot and outside, while also putting in all the work off the field asked of him, according to multiple reports, most notably from Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

There’s even more talent than that waiting in the wings to take on more prominent roles: rising juniors Boone Niederhofer and Edward Pope, sophomore Frank Iheanacho (if he can put his legal troubles behind him and get back on the field), as well as incoming four-star signee Kemah Siverand.

Noil has an impressive set of skills, from his athleticism to his catching and returning ability, that makes him one of the scariest threats in the SEC. What’s scarier is that Texas A&M’s passing offense wouldn’t miss a beat without him. Yes, he could take the offense to the next level if he ups his performance, but it’s of greater concern to Sumlin and his staff for Noil to get himself right off the field before he can contribute on it.