Sumlin Returns to Houston
By: John Harris
When many think about Kevin Sumlin-coached football teams, they think offense. Flashy. Lots of points. Case Keenum. Johnny Manziel. Points, points and more points. But, take a closer look at his past three Texas A&M teams. Look beyond the outside perimeter players and the quarterbacks. Look at the offensive line. From the day that Sumlin took over as Texas A&M’s head coach, he’s been blessed with some of the best offensive linemen in college football
In 2012, his first year as the head coach, his offensive line consisted of three first round draft picks. His left tackle that year was Luke Joeckel, who earned first team All-American honors, and was drafted No. two overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His right tackle that year was junior Jake Matthews from the greater Houston area – Elkins HS. He played 2012 on the right side, then moved to the left side in 2013 and was drafted sixth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. His right guard that year was Cedric Ogbuehi who moved to RT in 2013, then LT in 2014. Ogbuehi was drafted in the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Three drafts. Three consecutive first round offensive linemen selected. No team had more than one first round OL selection in those three years. Many think the streak could continue with OT Germain Ifedi, who’ll be returning to Houston for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff. He said at SEC Media Days that he’d be about ten minutes from his house, so he’s eager to play in front of the home folks. He played guard on the 2013 OL, then starred at tackle opposite Ogbuehi in 2014. He could very well be the next in Sumlin’s outstanding lineage of offensive linemen.