Texas A&M quarterback Kyler Murray dazzled in his starting debut last Saturday, helping the Aggies defeat South Carolina 35-28.
Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference that confidence wasn’t what led to Murray’s strong performance. Rather, giving him access to a complete game plan helped the true freshman succeed.
“I don’t know if it had anything to do with him being a more confident passer,“ Sumlin said. “He had been used situationally throughout the year. (But) when you’re the starter, you have the complete game plan and there’s more toolbox to use.”
Texas A&M’s coaching staff made the most out of Murray’s dual-threat abilities against South Carolina. He was consistent in the air, completing 20 of 28 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Sumlin said a major focus on offense for Saturday’s game against Auburn is to continue giving Murray the proper game plan, so that the young quarterback can continue to develop his play.
“We got a challenge and we’ve got to help him with the schematics so we can put him in a position to be successful and hope he continues to improve,” Sumlin said.
Sumlin also spoke about the importance of keeping Murray upright against the Auburn pass rush. He said it’s going to be a challenge for the Aggies offensive line to match up against Tigers defensive end Carl Lawson.
“When you have an elite pass rusher (like Lawson), it changes on third downs,” Sumlin said. “We have to try and stay out of third-and-longs and create some situations where he can’t just tee off on us and maybe help a little bit on the edges (against) him.”