Q&A with A&M's Swope


Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:16 a.m.

Five questions with Texas A&M senior receiver Ryan Swope

Q: How great did it feel to beat Alabama and send a message to those that doubted that Texas A&M could compete in the SEC?

A: I think it goes back to our first SEC game against Florida. We knew they were one of the elite teams in the SEC and we hated to lose, but we gained confidence that we could play in this league. Beating Alabama was a great feeling because our coaches prepared us and the guys really worked hard all week in practice and to go on the road against the top-ranked team in the country and win was quite an achievement.

Q: What significance will Military Appreciation Day this week against Sam Houston State have for you?

A: Texas A&M has a rich military tradition. I think it is great that we honor our troops and those that have served. Many of our Corps of Cadets go on to military careers and we appreciate all they have done for our freedoms.

Q: What kind of energy are you expecting from the 12th Man after such a big road win?

A: We had a great turnout by our fans when we got back to the Bright Football Complex late Saturday. Judging by the talk from students across campus, I expect the 12th Man to be at full force on Saturday. But then again, they have been that way for every game here at Kyle Field.

Q: How has Johnny Manziel handled all the attention from fans and media this season?

Johnny doesn't get fazed by much that I can tell. He's a humble guy, but he's a great competitor and a terrific leader. A: He's done a great job of running our offense and keeping us headed in the right direction.

Q: Damontre Moore is tied for the most sacks in the nation with 12.5. What separates him from other pass-rushers?

A: In the first couple of years he would be a sack guy and you wouldn't notice him on some plays, but this year he is a complete player. He is running from sideline to sideline and he even chased down a Mississippi St. wide receiver 20 yards down the field.

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