Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin doesn’t believe in moral victories.
“There are never positives when you lose,” Sumlin said on his weekly radio show in College Station. “But sometimes there are lessons you can learn from or build off of.”
But despite losing to Alabama 41-23, Sumlin went on to speak on his show on how the Aggies can build off the play of defensive back Justin Evans, who he considered last Saturday’s unsung hero.
“Justin went into this game with bad intentions,” Sumlin said. “He was out there hitting people all game.”
Evans finished the game with 10 total tackles, seven solo and one tackle for a loss where he lit up Alabama running back Derrick Henry in the third quarter.
The Aggies struggled to contain Henry throughout the game. He finished with 236 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. After his field day against Texas A&M, Henry searched out Evans to shake his hand, according to Sumlin.
“You can tell [Henry] respects his game,” Sumlin said. “Justin usually never says a word [on the field] but he has so much respect for Henry.”