Things aren't going so well in College Station.
Jackson's return was one of three defensive scores for the Cajuns, with Damon Mason's 42-yard interception return tying the game at 7 and Charles Johnson's 17-yard fumble return for a score making it 14-7 late in the first quarter.
Some fans have been crying for his resignation for two years.
True freshman Kellen Mond, who started last week's 24-14 victory over Nicholls State, is expected to start the final tune-up for the Aggies (1-1) before opening Southeastern Conference play against Arkansas.
Defensively, the Aggies have controlled the line of scrimmage in dominating fashion. "Until we get the right one, you have to be able to prepare for the known and adjust to the unknown".
"He's comfortable there", Sumlin said.
Those are the sorts of plays Kirk usually makes, so seeing him struggle when his team needs him the most is a disheartening sign.
The starting tackles likely will be Keaton Sutherland and Koda Martin, with Connor Lanfear, Ryan McCollum and perhaps Prater taking turns at guard. "There were some personnel changes in the fourth quarter (against Nicholls) that will help us down the road". Running backs Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell have combined for 331 rushing yards, and quarterback Jordan Davis adds 108. Not yet. Were there some things we improved on? Yes. During this week's SEC teleconference, Smart noted Dom Capers, one of the most renowned defensive coordinators in the National Football League, enjoys the press box because the calm inside helps him make better decisions.
"We have the pieces, they just need to be in the right places", Sumlin said. Liucci reported that A&M doesn't want to burn Blumrick's redshirt and would like to get by Saturday with redshirt freshman walkon Colton Taylor as the backup.
"If we do our job on offense and control what we can control", Davis said, "I think we have a good chance". He also remembers that Texas A&M had a hard time covering wide receiver Brandon Stokley, and that his then-University of Southwestern Louisiana team relied on its defense to pull off the biggest football win in school history.