Texas A&M Players’ Monday press conference: Week 4 quotes

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`The headline coming into Texas A&M’s week 3 matchup with the Miami Hurricanes was the change at the quarterback position for the Aggies, as the veteran, Max Johnson replaced the struggling Haynes King in his first career start with the program.

In what was a low-scoring affair marred by pre-game suspensions, controversial targeting calls, and attrition near the end of the game, Johnson, along with running back Devon Achane, and wide receiver Ainias Smith led the offense to 3 scoring drives and held on to win 17-9, while an outstanding defensive effort prevented the Hurricanes from scoring a single touchdown.

On Monday, Jimbo Fisher and a group of players including Albert Regis, Devon Achane, Ainias Smith, and Edgerrin Cooper spoke to the local media, answering questions about their recent victory, while looking forward to their all-important week 4 matchup vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium.

Here are the most notable quotes from Albert Regis, Devon Achane, Ainias Smith, and Edgerrin Cooper.

Texas A&M Freshman Defensive lineman Albert Regis on his blocked field goal against Miami, and the value of the defensive line depth for the Aggies

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Albert Regis (15) bats down a pass by Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“I got my hand up and by the grace of God, I got it.”

“The first thing that went through my mind was ‘Where is the ball?'”

“The next thing that came to my mind was, ‘I need to celebrate.'”

On the defensive line depth:

“Our depth is beautiful.”

“It brings a significant value that I can’t put into words.”

Albert Regis on the tough Miami run game, and the need to continue improving in run defense

Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Albert Regis (15) looks on during a timeout in the first quarter against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

“Miami ran the ball, and I give them my respect.”

“As a unit, we need to dig a little bit deeper to stop the run.”

“We aren’t a team or unit to point fingers at each other. We have to execute.”

Albert Regis on Arkansas quarterback K.J Jefferson

Sep 18, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Albert Regis (15) in action during the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the New Mexico Lobos at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“He is athletic. He can run and throw. He can run and throw at the same time. We have to keep him in the pocket.”

Albert Regis on his relationship with Aggies DL coach Elijah Robinson

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Jacolby George (15) runs for a first down against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“I have a special relationship with coach Robinson. He is willing to do the drills with us and help us get better. He is a special man and has allowed me to grow into a player I didn’t think I could be.”

Texas A&M Wide receiver Ainias Smith on his message to the team before the Miami game

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 17: Ainias Smith #0 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs the ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half of the game at Kyle Field on September 17, 2022 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Jack Gorman/Getty Images)

I said, “Last week, we needed that loss. Let’s use that as fuel and motivation to jump all the way to the finish.'”

Ainias Smith on what he likes most about starting quarterback Max Johnson

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Max Johnson (14) drops back to pass during the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“His poise. He delivers a nice ball. He’s always motivated when things aren’t going right.”

Ainias Smith on Arkansas' pass defense being ranked last in the country

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0) is tackled by the Miami Hurricanes defense during the first quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“We can get confidence in that. They still have a pretty good defense. That’s something we need to take advantage of.”

Ainias Smith on the offense, and the need to continually improve

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 17: Ainias Smith #0 of the Texas A&M Aggies dives for a loose ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half of the game at Kyle Field on September 17, 2022 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Jack Gorman/Getty Images)

“We played pretty good, not outstanding. We still have work to do. We had a few miscues, and we have a lot of work to do to be where we want to be.”

“Starting SEC is nothing to play around with.”

“We have to lock in and play our heart out.”

Texas A&M Running back Devon Achane on quarterback Max Johnson

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies running back Devon Achane (6) scores a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“It was probably a lot of pressure for him…I think he did good. He was leader and took control fo the offense.”

“People don’t see him as a scrambling quarterback. He got that first down for us. It’s great for us.”

Devon Achane on the need for more big plays

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies running back Devon Achane (6) and wide receiver Devin Price (3) celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“We aren’t worried about the big plays. They’ll come.”

“We have a lot of weapons on offense who can make plays like me. So if they key in on me, they can make plays.”

Devon Achane on how well the 12th man travels, and his relationship starting center Bryce Foster

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies running back Devon Achane (6) runs with the ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“Aggie fans will be there. They travel wherever we travel.”

On Bryce Foster:

“We have a great relationship because we see each other all year long.”

Texas A&M linebacker Edgerrin Cooper on the depth of the Aggies defense, and their success in the red zone

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Edgerrin Cooper (45) and defensive back Jaylon Jones (17) and defensive back Jardin Gilbert (20) and defensive back Jarred Kerr (33) celebrates a defensive top of the Miami Hurricanes during the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“It says a lot. We make sure everybody is prepared no matter how far down the depth chart you are.”

“Once we get into the red zone, we talk to each other on the field and give max effort.”

Edgerrin Cooper on the effect of the 12th man

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 17: Edgerrin Cooper #45 of the Texas A&M Aggies tackles Tyler Van Dyke #9 of the Miami Hurricanes after a pass during the second half of the game at Kyle Field on September 17, 2022 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Jack Gorman/Getty Images)

“Our 12th Man is unbelievable. They make us feel at home where ever we are… It helps us a lot.”

Story originally appeared on Aggies Wire