AUBURN, Ala. — Thursday morning is upon, signalling that it's time for another "7 at 7." As we do each Thursday, we preview Auburn's opponent with seven different links. This week, that team is Texas A&M.
As the routine goes, the links come from people who are around the Aggies on a near-daily basis.
Let's get started.
1. How much credit does Kevin Sumlin deserve for Texas A&M's success? The folks at CoachingSearch.com give their take on the matter.
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2. Senior receiver Travis Labhart has taken a circuitous route to get to where he's at now. He wasn't recruited out of high school, didn't make Texas A&M's basketball team as a walk-on and kept in shape by playing on the women's team all-male practice team. Last week, he caught eight passes for 97 yards in Texas A&M's 41-38 victory against Ole Miss.
3. Kicker Josh Lambo has traveled a pretty interesting path himself. The junior who nailed the game-winning field goal as time expired last week was once a first-round pick in the Major League Soccer Draft.
4. Sam Khan, who covers Texas A&M for ESPN.com, says that the Aggies' defense is still looking to make progress as the season continues. (Yes, a real shocker considering Texas A&M ranks at the bottom of the SEC in nearly every major statistical category.) See what Texas A&M's defense has made out of its play to this point.
5. We go back to Khan once more. Earlier in the week, he took time to assess Texas A&M through six games this season. He also named an MVP on both offense and defense thus far. Hmm ... who do you think got the nod on offense?
6. Texas A&M is in the running with LSU for one of the top players in the Class of 2015. Daylon Mack, who plays at Gladewater High School in Gladewater, Texas, is a dominating presence at defensive tackle. The Aggies are hoping to convince Mack to stay in state when the time comes to pick a college. Notre Dame and Oregon are two other schools thought to be near the top of Mack's list at this point, though both are behind the two aforementioned SEC squads.
7. Adding another potential recruit to its 2015 class isn't the only area where the Aggies are looking two years into the future. Reports have stated that Texas A&M intends to open its 2015 campaign against Arizona State in Houston's Reliant Stadium.