Please stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Texas A&M (4-3, 2-2 SEC) heads into a critical matchup this weekend because they’re facing South Carolina (2-5, 1-4 SEC). Unlike the last two games, this one could very well determine the futures of some key figures in Aggieland.
For now, all Texas A&M can do is prepare for the opponent ahead of them. That was the tune that tight end Max Wright sang during Monday’s press conference, and it was appropriate to have a veteran leader like him at the podium now. The Aggies are at a fork in the road, and it’s up to this team to decide their path.
Do they allow the season to steer, of course, and derail in what would likely be a sequel to the 2022 debacle? Or, will this team prove that they are indeed different from a year ago, choosing to tackle adversity straight on and finish the season on a confident note?
If you ask Wright, he’s rolling with the latter. After the bye week came at an opportune time, the veteran tight end was emphatic in his belief that the Aggies would be locked in and prepared to steer the season back on course, beginning with Saturday’s bout against South Carolina.
Below is Max Wright’s full press conference ahead of facing South Carolina, as well as notable takeaways from his time at the podium.
Max Wright noted that the bye week could not have come at a better time
“We had a lot of guys have a chance to get healthy. In an SEC season, seven weeks in a row get pretty hard. The temperature of the team is good.”
Like so many others, Wright sung the praises of Edgerrin Cooper
“Coop has always been a freak athlete… He is in the backfield, getting past guys before they are even out of their stances.”
Wright admits the Aggies let their last two games slip
“There is a sense of urgency every week. Any game can surprise you. These past two games, those are games we feel we could have won.”
A&M can't continue being hampered by playing a tale of two halves
“We came out of the half of both of those games ahead. That is up to us to keep the fire going… You don’t want to give a team life.”
If A&M truly rallied after the bye, now's the time to prove it
“We rallied together over the bye… It’s us finding a way to beat ourselves. We were in every one of those games. We have confidence now to where if we execute, we can go out and win.”
Wright echoes the tune that this team is different from last year
“Guys were annoyed and ticked off. Frustrations came out. There were conversations that needed to be had. We hate losing. I hope everyone knows we really hate losing. This year is not last year.”
Wright is an Astros fan! A rare knock on the revered Aggies tight end?!
“I am one of the ring leaders for the Astros. I’m from Houston. There are a lot of Rangers fans in the locker room. I am Stros all the way.”