Texas A.&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is expected to name the starting quarterback for the Aggies next game Sunday against No. 13 South Carolina.
But he’s also looking ahead to the season, which begins with a matchup with Arkansas on Saturday.
“The preseason has to be very serious,” Sumlin said Wednesday.
“It’s the beginning of the year, so we need to be ready to go.”
He’s also going into the season thinking about the future.
The Aggies (5-2, 2-1 SEC) are going into a bye week that begins on Friday.
But the game is a critical one for the program, with Texas A &M’s chances of winning the SEC West at the moment.
It’s a game Texas A is expected aced last year by defeating Florida, then falling to No. 4 LSU.
“You have to be prepared for every game,” Sumli said.
“I’m excited to be able to get back out there and play.”
The Aggie quarterbacks depth chart has been a topic of conversation this spring.
Sumlin named three quarterbacks: Trevone Boykin (No. 4), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (No, 11) and Jake Waters (No., 8).
But a fourth-year junior, Josh Robinson, is expected as a potential option.
Sumli will get a chance to add a veteran presence this week with sophomore backup Jevon Carter coming off the bench.
“Josh is an extremely talented quarterback,” Sumlen said.
The game against South Carolina will be the Aggie’s first-ever SEC road game, a move that has been criticized.
Sumlen and his staff have been preparing for the possibility.
“We’re trying to take it one game at a time,” Sumlins coach, Kevin Sumli, said.
Sumlings team is averaging nearly a win better than Texas A.’s, according to STATS LLC.
“If we can get into a rhythm, it’s going to be good.”