Texas A&M football head coach Jimbo Fisher and several players spoke to the media after last night’s 52-10 win over the University of New Mexico. Below, you can see Jimbo’s full press conference.
Here are some notes on his remarks:
He began by saying he was very proud of the players. He thought they were very efficient, especially in the first half where they had almost no self-inflicted wounds. They eventually adjusted to the short throws that UNM was hitting at first.
In contrast, however, the Texas A&M football head man thought the second half started out sloppy, with some confusion offensively. He then praised the returners, saying they had a solid game, but there were still lot of things that need to be cleaned up. Asked about his new transfer from Boston College, Jimbo remarked that DeBerry is a physical and sure tackler, very smart, and has played a lot of football.
Of course, he had to be asked about the new OC for this Texas A&M football team as well. Jimbo took it in stride, saying it was great having Bobby Petrino calling the plays, that they talked back and forth during the game just like during weekly offensive meetings. Asked about the QB play, Jimbo began by saying that Weigman did a lot of little things you don’t see, such as drifting away from blitzers to buy time for the play. That led him to mentioning that Ainias also played well in the hidden things: blocks, calls, checks, etc.
A reporter inquired about the new 12th Man for Texas A&M football, and Jimbo responded by saying that Sam Matthews as the 12th Man was selected for everything he does; that he gives all of his energy ever day, is a high character individual, and that he represents what the 12th Man and A&M is all about. He remarked that no one puts more effort into practice every day than Matthews.
Asked if the infusion of long throws would be a new offensive staple, Jimbo responded by saying that deep shots depend on matchups. There are options underneath, plays they have used a lot, and that they several times ran the same play and hit different players off the same concepts. Conner was efficient in each instance, taking the plays when they were there.
Jimbo also took the opportunity to point out that the maturity up front in the OL was showing—Conner had a clean pocket more often than not. This was a huge improvement after lots of injuries last year. Again, though, this Texas A&M football squad was a bit sloppy in the second half. He remarked that this stood in contrast to last year, where they were sloppy in the first half.
Jimbo made sure to make mention of how well the team tackled in space when they had the chance, specifically shouting out Bryce Anderson, Josh DeBerry, Demani Richardson, and Jardin Gilbert. Remarking on the performance of the two freshmen starters, Jimbo effusively praised the performances of two freshmen starters for this Texas A&M football team: Taurean York and Chase Bisontis. As Jimbo mentioned, it’s tough to play those positions as freshmen. This ended his time, bringing out Conner Weigman for his first press conference as an Aggie.