There was no denying how important Saturday’s game against No. 9 Tennessee was for No. 8 Texas A&M.
The SEC West title, an undefeated season and a potential berth in the College Football Playoff were all on the line, and the Aggies’ fan base knew how critical this weekend was. That was never more noticeable than when a fan put together a hype video featuring a motivational speech given by Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis prior to the Aggies’ showdown against Arkansas earlier this season.
As you can imagine with a defensive coach, Chavis’ message centered around one thing: working together.
“Let me tell you this, the strength of the wolf lies in the pack, and the the strength of the pack lies in the wolf,” Chavis said in the video. “Tonight, you need to be a wolf. Together, we need to be a pack, and we need to work together. And understand this, nobody eats until the prey is dead.”
That message is pretty simple. Do your job individually, and as a whole, the product will be successful.
“It’s time to stand up and be a man,” Chavis continued. “That’s what we’re looking for today. Eleven men on the field doing their job working as one. One heartbeat. One team. That’s what it’s going to take.”
Luckily for Chavis, that message worked when he originally said it against Arkansas, and it stayed true this weekend, as the Aggies won a thrilling double-overtime battle vs. Tennessee, 45-38.
With a date against No. 1 Alabama up next for Texas A&M on Oct. 22, maybe Chavis should bring that message out again. It seems to be working for the Aggies.