Zach Calzada could simply retain the Texas A&M football starting quarterback spot for eligibility purposes
As things stand, we still don’t know the exact date and circumstances of Haynes King’s return. Reports vary, but the most recent update we have presents the possibility that King could miss the remainder of the year.
Here’s what CBS’s Jamie Erdahl said about the original Aggie starter before Texas A&M’s contest against Alabama on Saturday.
"“There was optimism in King’s recovery, however, head coach Jimbo Fisher told us yesterday that it is unlikely that King will return this season.”"
If this is true, it pegs King’s return date either sometime in November or sometime in 2022. And if that is the case, why would Jimbo Fisher even bother bringing Haynes King back into the game? The original Aggie starter will be getting a cold start at the quarterback spot 11 or 12 weeks into the season.
Calzada has steadily improved as the team’s starting quarterback, so we can assume that he’ll be playing better overall football by the end of the year. The Aggies are also already distanced from a chance at making the College Football Playoff with two losses on the year — how much of a difference could King’s return make against the Aggies’ final two opponents in Prairie View A&M and LSU?
In all likelihood, even if King is back to 100% by the final couple of weeks of the season, Jimbo Fisher will elect to keep him on the bench. This could give him the possibility of getting a medical redshirt.