Well, so much for Texas A&M’s defense being at full strength for the latest Game of the Century.
During a teleconference Tuesday, head coach Kevin Sumlin revealed that starting safety Floyd Raven will not play in Saturday’s game with Alabama due to injury. The hard-hitting safety suffered an injury to his collarbone in A&M’s win over Sam Houston State Saturday, and Sumlin was unsure of when he will return.
After sitting out the opener due to a suspension, this past weekend’s game was Raven’s first collegiate start. The suspension was the result of a May arrest for an April incident in which it was alleged that Raven and a teammate, starting cornerback Deshazor Everett, beat on a pair of males and a Chevy Tahoe. Everett was suspended for the first half of the opener as a result of the incident.
Raven played in 13 games as a cornerback last season but was moved to safety in the spring.
In addition to Raven, the availability of starting defensive end Julien Obioha is up in the air due to injury. Obioha, who has 13 career starts, missed the win over SHSU with an undisclosed injury.