HOUSTON – Texas A&M junior wide receiver Speedy Noil was indefinitely suspended from the team following his arrest for possession of marijuana last week, but that has not derailed the Aggies’ preparation for their bowl game.
“I told him the focus is not going to be on you, you’re not here at the bowl game,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. “You need to go home and think about what you really want to do in life and give us some time to think, too.”
Noil’s career in Aggieland has been plagued with off-field turmoil; his latest suspension is his second while at A&M. Noil missed last year’s Music City Bowl against Louisville and the suspension carried over to this season’s opening game against UCLA.
“Speedy’s one step forward, two steps back,” Sumlin said. “The things that he has done have not been malicious, it’s been on him. He’s made mistakes, he’s come a long way as a person believe it or not, but he’s still making a ton of mistakes.”
The Aggies may miss Noil’s presence on the field as he is third on the team in receiving this season with 21 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns. The former 5-star recruit broke out in the Aggies’ last game against LSU, reeling in five catches for 102 yards, a season-high, and his only 100-yard receiving game this season.
Nonetheless, Sumlin said Noil’s future with the program will be decided upon the team’s return to College Station. Noil is draft eligible this year, but is not projected as a high pick.
“I don’t know (about his future),” Sumlin said. “I said, ‘you need to go home.’ I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about these 115 guys that are here having a good time.”
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