Texas A&M defensive tackle Alonzo Williams said Tuesday the togetherness of the team's locker room isn't at an acceptable level, according to the Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman.
The Aggies started 5-0 this season and looked as if they would be a contender in the SEC for the third straight year since joining the powerhouse conference. But the team then lost three straight games to several of the conference's top teams, none of which were overly competitive, before narrowly defeating Louisiana-Monroe 21-16 last Saturday.
The full quote from Williams on the chemistry and atmosphere of the team's locker room: "It’s not where it needs to be. We need to keep working on some things, but it’s getting there."
Starting quarterback Kenny Hill, who broke several team records over the first several weeks of the season, which included a 11-yard, three-touchdown performance in the season opener against South Carolina, was suspended two games by the program last week for violating team rules and athletic department policies.
In Hill's place against Louisiana-Monroe, freshman Kyle Allen completed 13 of 28 passes for just 106 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception. Texas A&M had just 243 total yards, outgained by the Warhawks by 104 yards.
Texas A&M coaches said Tuesday that Allen won the quarterback job before Hill was suspended and that Allen can keep the starting role if he earns it with his play before Hill returns, according to Zwerneman. Hill is still taking part in practices and meetings with the team.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin also said Tuesday that running back Trey Williams didn't receive any carries against Louisiana-Monroe because he "didn't handle his business" leading up to the game. And when Sumlin was asked about his bloodshot left eye, the coach said the condition can come from too much yelling.
Williams, a junior, played in 15 games his first two seasons, emerging as a starter last year. He has 36 tackles and four sacks this season.
Texas A&M, currently 6-3 overall and in sixth place in the SEC West with a 2-3 conference record, travels to No. 3 Auburn on Saturday.
- Ben Estes