Although it is not popular with a lot of Aggie fans following a loss, “The Pulse: Texas A&M Football” continues its season-long roll. I used to fall into the camp of those who did not watch the episode after the Aggies fell to an opponent, but in recent years that has changed. The Texas A&M Athletics media crew really do a fantastic job with this show, and each one is worth watching—even if you want to skip the highlights at the end. You can see this week’s episode here.
The episode begins by highlighting, of all things, DJ Durkin’s defense. Now, I know you begin filming during the week and decide what you want to highlight before the game actually happens. But that’s some poor timing. We’ve covered in a couple of different articles this week how the defense failed for Texas A&M football against the Hurricanes—and, to be completely fair, why we expect them to bounce back here soon.
The episode specifically highlights Shemar Stewart ahead of his return home to Miami. Teammates and coaches speak about the kind of player and person he is, with a lot of his fellow players mentioning his sense of humor.
For all the complaining that some fans like to do about the coaches, it is exceedingly obvious—even from the small bit we see from the Pulse—that the players really love this staff. Case in point: players from all different positions gathered around Addazio pregame as he hyped the team up.
It was also awesome to see the Aggie players hyping up 12th Man Sam Matthews after his great play on the opening kickoff. As those who watched the game know, though, the good feelings didn’t last long in that game. The episode highlights just how deflating the drive that Miami scored on right before half was for this team, with the deflation in attitude evident in the locker room at the midpoint break.
Hopefully in future weeks this will be a bit more pleasant watch—but the sting of this one still abides right now, especially given the chances this Texas A&M football team had to turn things around. As always, though, this is a program worth the watch.