Texas A&M Football: 3 reasons to believe in backup QB Zach Calzada

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Zach Calzada, Texas A&M Football Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M football team’s quarterback issues have come and gone. After a slow start by the original starting quarterback in Haynes King, the Aggies’ situation worsened when King went down with a leg injury.

Initially, a mid-October return date seemed promising, but this would gradually be pushed back. At this point, we don’t know if King will even return this season. This situation thrust Kellen Mond’s backup from the 2019-20 season into the spotlight.

Zach Calzada, or “the Cuban Missile,” was thrown into a situation that, in all honesty, he was not initially ready for. This resulted in a couple of stagnant offensive performances from the Aggies against Arkansas and Mississippi State which translated to losses on Texas A&M’s record.

Since the MSU game, the Texas A&M football team’s fill-in quarterback has been extremely consistent

I won’t get into too many details at this point — I’m saving those for the three ensuing slides — but I will talk about how much Zach Calzada has improved in the past few weeks.

What started as a quarterback who looked in over his head quickly turned into a guy who simply needed time to warm up. While Haynes King shook the dust off of his throwing arm against Kent State, Calzada was thrown into the deep end against a Power Five opponent with a strong defense in Colorado.

With a banged-up offensive line, I’m not sure who would have thrived in that situation. Just half-season removed from that game and fans should now believe in Calzada. Here’s why.