News, notes from Texas A&M media day

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The countdown to Texas A&M's first Southeastern Conference season officially began on Friday as Kevin Sumlin and several Aggies players met with the media before their first practice of the year.

Sumlin, who is in his first year with the Aggies after spending the last four as the head coach at Houston, said there are no butterflies for him but there's an excitement and an edge for the coaching staff to get things going.

"No butterflies, just excitement," Sumlin said. "Particularly in a new job and a new situation. ... I think it's all of our staff. We have a new staff and you saw guys yesterday starting to get edgy a little bit as coaches. We've only had 15 practices with these guys. So the 29 opportunities that we have before the first game, we've got to maximize those opportunities to get ready to play a very difficult schedule."

That schedule includes games against five teams ranked in the top 25 of the preseason coaches' poll and eight total that are either ranked or received votes. Sumlin said there will definitely be a learning curve as the Aggies navigate their first SEC season.

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