Texas A&M football QB Zach Calzada, Improvement No. 1: Completion Percentage
In my opinion, the worst part about Zach Calzada’s performances, and an area that can be solely blamed on Calzada himself, is his completion percentage. The Aggie quarterback is at 53.9% on the year — a jarringly low number.
That number ranks 112th in the country, three spots below where Calzada ranked in the aforementioned PFF quarterback rankings. If it’s any consolation, he stands next to two talented quarterbacks on the list, sandwiched between Michael Penix Jr. and D.J. Uiagalelei in terms of completion percentage.
That said, it’s not good enough. It’s not working for Calzada and it’s not working for Clemson and Indiana, who sit beside the Aggies on the list of most disappointing college football teams in 2021.
I don’t know if sitting behind Kellen Mond, who rarely made mistakes, for a couple of seasons caused Calzada to fear mistakes, but it seems like he’s scared to throw the ball. If he simply released the ball earlier and more frequently, his completion percentage would jump, at least a little bit.
Maybe Calzada can take notes from Mississippi State’s Will Rogers, who has the 4th-highest completion percentage in the country at 75.7. This has given the Bulldogs’ offense a healthy boost in 2021.
Even so, this is much easier said than done.