Texas A&M Football: 3 changes to expect with Zach Calzada as the starter

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Just two games into the season, the Texas A&M Football team has already turned to their backup quarterback to fill in for the player who won the offseason quarterback competition. This didn’t happen as a result of poor performances by Haynes King though. Instead, King would go down with a leg injury that is now projected to keep him off of the football field until mid-October.

For this Aggie football team, nothing worse could have possibly happened. The team’s season entirely depended on the performance of the quarterback, and as things stand, A&M will have their second choice taking snaps for the remainder of the first half of the season.

Here are three changes that will happen with Zach Calzada under center.

Change No. 1: The Texas A&M Football team’s defense will have to take on a bigger role

I’d like to sit here and preach about how Zach Calzada is the better quarterback for this team. If I did that, however, I would be lying to your face.

There’s a reason why Haynes King won the starting job, and according to Fisher, it wasn’t just because he’s a dual-threat guy, though I’m sure that played a factor. King looked more confident, though Calzada had a few nice plays in his appearance against Colorado.

Still, the offense gets slightly worse with Calzada under center. Under the radar stats like time of possession and turnover margin could take a hit with the sophomore as this team’s passer, which will put more weight on the defense to get the job done.

The bright side of this is that the Aggies already look to have one of the best defenses in the country. In a terrible offensive showing in Boulder, the defense allowed just a single touchdown and notably clamped up after King went down with an injury.