LSU football coach Brian Kelly on why Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher has struggled this year

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BATON ROUGE - LSU football coach Brian Kelly points to the youth of Texas A&M's roster as to why the Aggies have struggled under coach Jimbo Fisher this season.

Texas A&M had the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation in 2022, according to 247Sports Composite, including eight five-star recruits. Kelly acknowledges that the unit is extremely talented, even if many of those young players have been thrust into early playing time.

"It's a very talented football team, but it's young," Kelly said Monday. "You can see at times, it is really scary. And then sometimes, there's a loss of maybe some focus.

"If they put it all together, it's not a team you want to be around."

No. 6 LSU (9-2, 6-1 SEC) finishes off its regular season slate against Texas A&M (4-7, 1-6) at College Station on Saturday (6 p.m., ESPN).

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Jayden Daniels played with the flu against Arkansas

Jayden Daniels had one of his weaker performances of the season two weeks ago against Arkansas, completing just eight passes for 86 yards and turning the ball over twice.

On Monday, Kelly gave an explanation as to why Daniels' performance might have suffered against the Razorbacks, despite playing so well the prior three weeks against Florida, Ole Miss and Alabama.

"I'm not going to give any excuses as to why he didn't prepare as well or couldn't prepare as well. But that Arkansas week he had the flu, he was sick. And it just wasn't the kind of preparation necessary," Kelly said.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.

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