Dallas Colleges: 2012 SEC media days

Video: Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel

July, 24, 2012
Chris Low talks with Texas A&M lineman Luke Joeckel.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Christine Michael might not have done much this spring, but that didn't mean he wasn't ready.

Texas A&M's dynamic running back tore his ACL during the Oklahoma game late in the season but went through spring drills for a couple of weeks before new coach Kevin Sumlin pulled him off the field because he just didn't want to risk anything with his star running back.

"Christine is a guy who was really ready to go in the spring," Sumlin said at SEC media days Tuesday. "About Week 2 or 3, I pulled him off the field. He was doing too much, I thought, early. Anybody who watched him play last year knows that he's a big, physical guy. He doesn't have to explain or try to show me how tough he is. I get that."

Sumlin said he rested Michael to make sure that he got through the spring as healthy as possible before summer workouts started. The next step for Michael is to see whether he can take a real hit, which will come during preseason camp.

For now, Sumlin is confident that Michael, who rushed for 899 yards and averaged 6 yards a carry before his injury last fall, will be ready to go when the season starts. Sumlin said he's at a good weight of 223 pounds and there hasn't been much swelling in his knee.

"To me, he's 100 percent," Sumlin said. "I was looking at him [Monday], he came through the office, he looks great."

Video: Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope

July, 17, 2012

Chris Low talks with Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope during SEC media days.

SEC media days kick off

July, 17, 2012
HOOVER, Ala. -- SEC commissioner Mike Slive kicked off the SEC media days on Tuesday with his annual address to reporters.

Right behind him came the two newest teams to the league -- Missouri and Texas A&M.

Fittingly, two of Texas A&M’s players were sporting cowboy boots.

Senior outside linebacker Sean Porter said the Aggies got over the excitement of moving to the SEC a long time ago and are ready to see how they stack up.

They don’t plan on being anybody’s punching bag, either.

“We’re not coming into this conference and trying to make this a warm-up year,” Porter said. “We’re trying to come in and win like everybody else is trying to win.

“We don’t want anyone marking us as a win right now. We’re not training to be one of the bottom teams in the league.”