Texas A&M Football: Who will win the Aggies’ quarterback competition?

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Texas A&M Football’s Zach Calzada is the most experienced option

Despite losing his second-string job this year, Zach Calzada remains a serious contender for the starting position in 2021.

Calzada is the oldest quarterback that will be mentioned in this article and has the most experience in Jimbo Fisher’s system. That said, he was significantly lower-rated coming out of high school than the quarterbacks that he’ll be competing with.

The redshirt sophomore quarterback will be pushing for the starting job as hard as anybody. If he doesn’t earn it now, when will he get the opportunity to do so?

The issue for Calzada is that it’ll be an uphill battle. Each of the two quarterbacks that he’s competing with will be younger and potentially have a higher ceiling than Calzada. In order to earn the job, he’ll have to be a distinctly better player during spring ball.

Zach Calzada also has extremely limited experience. His time on the field has been a mixed bag thus far, with all of it coming in his first year in College Station. His career stats with the Aggies display 12 completions on 24 attempts with 133 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception.

In his first game in an Aggies uniform, he would only complete four passes, all of these being short gains. We didn’t get much out of that. It was his second game that we’d learn about him, as he tossed two touchdown passes on just four attempts. It was an impressive showing for the first-year player.

His last game with significant snaps wouldn’t be so strong. He’d complete four passes for just 27 yards with an interception and zero touchdown passes. The Aggies had already blown out the opponent, so it didn’t matter, but it did raise some concerns.

Calzada will have to cut down on these mistakes if he wants to earn the starting job. He may even lose it to an incoming freshman.