No coverage, few doubts. Texas A&M players don’t mind the built-in excuses of the season.

SCHOOL STATION: Forget the untested but talented quarterback who made his debut.

Or the reworked offensive line that could have up to three freshmen (counting a red shirt).

Texas A&M No. 6 didn’t feel like an integrated apology or coverage on Monday. The Aggies have much bigger plans for a season starting with Kent State on Saturday at Kyle Field.

“I look at this game as a tone adjuster because we come out with the intention of winning a national championship and all of our opponents have no face,” said Ainias Smith, the receiver / runner. “All representatives are championship representatives.”

Most teams start the season with title hopes and dreams in the college playoffs. For A&M, these thoughts may be more realistic than most.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see all the work we’ve done all August,” said Isaiah Spiller, a workhorse. “We have more chip in our shoulders because we want to get to the playoffs. That’s the motivation right there.”

The Aggies secured a short place in the PCP final rankings last season, and then left disappointment with an Orange Bowl victory over North Carolina.

It’s still a raw nerve.

“It’s something like a pending matter because last year we were a little crazy,” defensive back Demani Richardson said. “We know we have a lot of evidence. We know what we can do. “

This cannot be resolved in a match against Kent State, a quality MAC team. The Golden Flashes finished 3-1 on an abbreviated pandemic calendar, but averaged 49.8 points and 606.5 yards per game.

Still, A&M is a prohibitive favorite and is expected to dominate.

For the Aggies, this season is about progression, said coach Jimbo Fisher.

“It’s not the state of Kent. Not that it’s Alabama. It’s not that it’s Georgia. It’s not that it’s LSU. It’s not that it’s Colorado next week, “Fisher said quickly. “Each opponent has his purpose and his scheme against which you must play.

“The statement is that we want to play and we want to play well. We want to play our game. We want to do the things we do.”

The game marks the first start for first-year quarterback Haynes King in a red shirt, who was announced as a starter last week after a preseason competition with Zach Calzada.

As he told Houston’s ESPN 97.5 last week, Fisher said the difference was King’s pocket presence, not his athleticism.

This did not stop his teammates from facing what King might show in his first start.

“Haynes will definitely prove that a lot of people are wrong this year,” Spiller said. “I feel like he will have a great year for us. He is very athletic, very fast, probably one of the fastest people on the team. You can throw it away. He can do anything. “

Then there is the reworked offensive line.

American Kenyon Green, the only starter to return, has switched protection from left to right at the first depth table.

First year Reuben Fatheree competes with Tennessee transfer Jahmir Johnson on the left. The first year of the red jersey, Aki Ogunbiyi, appears as the head of the left guard and the first year, Bryce Foster, supports Jake Matthews in the center.

Green called the freshman class “special” and Spiller said he couldn’t wait to see the new unit.

If in doubt, A&M hides it well.

“We can be as good as we want to be,” said DeMarvin Leal, a junior defensive lineman. “Come out, do our stuff, follow our work and play the game 100 percent. We can have a fantastic season.”

Suspended players: Fisher refused to address the state of defensive linemen McKinley Jackson and Micheal Clemons for the opening with Kent State. Each is on college suspension after arrests in the preseason camp. “They deal with school stuff,” Fisher said. “I can’t talk about these right now.”

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher leads his team when they go out on the field to face Auburn in an NCAA football game at Kyle Field on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at College Station, Texas .

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