The Texas A&M football team’s offensive line was terrible at the start of the year — now it’s not
This is another thing that isn’t being talked about nearly as much as it should be.
At the start of the season, Texas A&M’s offensive line did not look very good. Actually, that’s not a great way to put it. A better way would be to say that the Aggies’ offensive line was arguably the worst of any Power Five school.
Against Arkansas, Zach Calzada’s offensive line wouldn’t have been able to block a JV high school team. They were allowing a three-man Arkansas rush to get through on almost every single play, which doesn’t normally result in strong quarterback play. In that game, Calzada completed just 55.6% of his passes with an interception. He didn’t throw a touchdown pass.
If you pair bad offensive line play with the fact that Calzada isn’t a particularly mobile quarterback, it was clear that he was doomed from the start. We saw it in the small glimpse of football that we got a couple of seasons ago and we’ve seen it in 2021 — the Cuban Missile thrives when he has time to throw in the pocket.
It’s no coincidence that as the Aggies’ offensive line has begun to improve, Calzada’s numbers have taken a big step forward. That said, Texas A&M’s schedule will only get tougher, so keep your eyes on this offensive line’s performance and health.