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October 17, 2013
AYTV: Travis Labhart driven by faith & teammates
For Texas A&M senior wide receiver Travis Labhart the journey has not always been easy, but through faith and support of his teammates he has persevered. Now A&M coaches rely on him as a significant part of the game plan.
Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin:
"This time of year, if you're going to continue to win, you're going to have to have guys play at a high level that weren't talked about before the season. Very few teams are going to have the same 22 guys at the end of the year or even at the middle of the year making plays. The guys who haven't played much have to keep preparing the way they prepare. Travis is a great story for us and a great story for this team. He's worked very hard. He worked his way from a non-scholarship player into a scholarship player. He didn't back off after that. He earned the respect of his teammates. I know for a fact that four weeks ago, our quarterback felt as comfortable with him as anybody. When he went into the game, his success came at a surprise to a lot of people, but nobody on the team was surprised at all because he practices like that."
Texas A&M Offensive Coordinator Clarence McKinney:
"Spreading the ball around has to do with what the defense is trying to take away. You take a guy like Mike Evans and the start he had this year, he is getting a lot of coverage thrown his way so other guys are coming open. Johnny's finding those other guys and they're making plays when they have the opportunity. As for Labhart, he came in and learned every receiver spot so he is very valuable. You can put him out there at any spot and you'll be comfortable with throwing him the ball. I only learned about his basketball stint a few days ago. I didn't know anything about that. Last year he came up and gave us some depth practice-wise. He wasn't quite as healthy as you would like for him to be. Like I said, he learned every position. He's very valuable to us."
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