Bold Prediction No. 3: Haynes King’s return will revitalize the offense
This is probably the least “bold” prediction that you’ll see in this article. Shocking, I know — who would think that Haynes King could revitalize the offense? The reason that I even included this slide, however, was to demonstrate just how much of an impact King will have on this unit.
In the single full game that the Aggies played with King under center, Texas A&M scored 41 points, which still stands as their season-high. Even though King’s touchdown to interception ratio was less than desirable, he played a strong overall game.
In his sole contest against a formidable Kent State passing defense, King threw for nearly 300 yards, reaching the endzone twice through the air. He completed 63.6% of his passes, which is more than Calzada has done in the three games that he’s been the featured quarterback.
Another aspect of this is the fact that Zach Calzada isn’t as much of a dual-threat quarterback as King. While King could simply scramble efficiently with a bad offensive line, escaping the pass rush doesn’t come as naturally to his backup. Calzada has been struggling, as he simply isn’t built for these circumstances.
King will make everything about the offense smooth in his mid-October return — the passing game, running game, and even the defense should see improved statistics as a result.