This Saturday, Texas A&M (7-3) will travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on Vanderbilt (4-6) in an SEC football match up.
For Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, a big area of concern in this match up is the Aggies’ defense.
“For us, we gotta make sure we keep our quarterback upright and try to stay on schedule because this Texas A&M defense is capable of creating havoc,” Mason said.
Texas A&M ranks third in the SEC in total sacks. Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett leads the SEC with 10.5 sacks and defensive back Donovan Wilson is tied for the conference lead in interceptions with five.
Another area of concern for the Commodores would be Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk, who ranks second in the SEC in receiving yards.
“You’re going against a dynamic player in Christian Kirk whether it’s special teams or whether he’s a wideout,” Mason said.
Despite the weapons the Aggies possess on both offense and defense, the quarterback position has been a bit of concern. Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin says he needs more consistency from the position.
“We’re looking for a little bit more consistency out of the position and that’s from not just an operational standpoint, but we’ve turned the ball over a lot more than we’re comfortable with. We’re minus three in turnover ratio for the year,” Sumlin said.
Texas A&M has rotated between quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen all season, and Sumlin has not named a starter for the game on Saturday.
“We’ll announce [the starting quarterback] probably pretty close to game time,” Sumlin said.
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium.