Implication No. 3: Backup QB Zach Calzada can be a serviceable SEC quarterback
After a few bad weeks as Haynes King’s replacement, a large chunk of the fanbase had given up on the backup quarterback. And in fairness to those fans — he looked pretty bad.
At times, the ball was glued to his hand and when he did throw it, he didn’t look confident. This resulted in performances against three Power Five teams that totaled just 42 points for the Aggies. That’s just one more point than the Texas A&M football team scored against Alabama in a single game on Saturday.
On Saturday, Calzada bounced back in a huge way.
“The Cuban Missile” not only showed serious heart but arguably out-dueled the Heisman frontrunner in Bryce Young of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Calzada did have a single interception on the night, but it looked like a simple miscommunication between himself and Ainias Smith.
Outside of that single interception, Calzada had an incredible game, completing 21-of-31 of his passes, a new season-high in completion percentage. Of those passes, three of them landed in the endzone, including a crucial touchdown score on a dime of a pass to level the score in the fourth quarter.
To be honest, I don’t really know what else to say about Calzada, The Aggie quarterback will always be a legend in College Station from this one game alone. Even if he doesn’t play well for the remainder of the year, he showed more heart in this one game than most players do in their entire career.