Texas A&M Football: 3 players who stepped up in Aggies’ win vs. Alabama

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The Texas A&M football team did the impossible — they knocked off a top-ranked ‘Bama team during a season that originally looked like a lost cause. On his birthday, Jimbo Fisher put his name down in history as the first former assistant coach to beat Nick Saban.

This has huge implications down the road for a Texas A&M football program that is hoping to take over the SEC in the coming years.

That said, the performance took strong games out of a few Aggie football players. Today, I’m going over three guys who stepped up for Jimbo Fisher in Texas A&M’s upset over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.

Texas A&M Football Player No. 1: QB Zach Calzada

I use this phrase a lot, but who could have seen this coming? Zach Calzada was arguably the most hated man in College Station after the Aggies took their second straight loss at the hands of Mississippi State over a week ago.

I don’t want to say “rightfully so,” but Calzada did nothing to make anyone think otherwise. He had been inaccurate, unwilling to throw the football, and simply looked like the lights were too bright for him as he filled in for Haynes King.

On Saturday, he changed that forever.

Heck, after a 285-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Cuban Missile (Zach Calzada) will be a campus legend forever. He became one of just six SEC quarterbacks that have taken down Nick Saban’s Alabama and did it in style.

Calzada could never do another good thing for Texas A&M and it wouldn’t matter. He cemented himself as an Aggie legend with this win.