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Kevin Sumlin says Hurricane Harvey ‘hit home’ for Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M officially have wrapped up preseason camp and now are into preparations for UCLA. But although it’s game week, football is not the only thing on the minds of Sumlin and the Aggies as rain related to Hurricane Harvey continues wreaking havoc throughout Texas.

Houston has been flooded, and not only is the city home to many of the players on his team but Sumlin was the coach at the University of Houston from 2008-11.

“It’s really a tough time,” Sumlin said. “Now that the videos and pictures have come out, I think people are starting to see what people from this region have known for the last three days. It’s hit home with us as a team. We’ve had meetings as a team just talking about friends and family members.”

Texas A&M starting running back Trayveon Williams, a native of Houston, said his family had to be evacuated from their home by a Coast Guard helicopter. Although his thoughts are with his family, Williams is trying to shift his focus to UCLA.

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“I’m not going to have that burden on me – just need to get ready mentally and physically,” Williams said Tuesday. “Just praying, staying with my God and hoping for the best.”

Williams expects to be a big factor in Texas A&M’s offense Sunday at the Rose Bowl and throughout the season. He and wide receiver Christian Kirk are big-time weapons for the Aggies. The problem for Kirk is that it’s still not known who will be throwing him the football Sunday.

When asked about having to develop a relationship with three different quarterbacks throughout camp, Kirk said it was nothing new for him.

“A big thing (for establishing chemistry) is working with one another,” Kirk said. “Whichever quarterback that is in there, I make sure that he always gives me feedback on what he’s seeing and what he thought.”

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Going into his junior season, the preseason AP All-American has caught passes from four quarterbacks during his time in Aggieland.

Presumably, that number could grow to six if true freshman Nick Starkel and true freshman both play against the Bruins.

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