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Newcomer A&M ready for SEC challenge

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFB) -

Texas A&M's new football coach Kevin Sumlin says the biggest challenge facing the Aggies entering the SEC is "winning games."

Sumlin, who coached the Houston Cougars to a 13-1 season last year, was hired by A&M after a disappointing finish to a highly anticipated 2011 season. The Aggies finished the season 7–6, 4–5 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for sixth place. They were invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas where they defeated Northwestern 33–22.

Playing Florida in its first conference home game and competing in the SEC West where LSU, Alabama and Arkansas were all in the Top 5 nationally in the final weeks of 2011 has senior linebacker Sean Porter saying he's ready for this new challenge. "I can't wait to see it, be a part of it," said Porter at SEC Media Days after hearing about the league's reputation for speed and talent in football.

However, fellow senior Ryan Swope, a wide receiver who played in the Cotton Bowl against LSU two years ago, is not necessarily sold on a Tigers and Aggies rivalry just yet. Swope says those things take time and depend on how competitive the games are.

LSU travels to College Station this year to play the Aggies October 20.

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