Texas A&M Football October MVP No. 2: QB Zach Calzada
What is left to say about Zach Calzada that wasn’t already said?
At the beginning of the month, he was every SEC team not named Texas A&M’s favorite quarterback. There’s no respectful way to say it — he looked like one of the worst quarterbacks in the country in his first three starts.
Boy have we learned our lesson for jumping to that conclusion.
Since this rough start, the Cuban Missile has been a great quarterback in the best way possible. While he doesn’t have any performances that will see his stats jump off of the page, he has played exactly to the level that this Texas A&M football team requires him to. Allow me to give you an example.
After two consecutive rough performances against Arkansas and Mississippi State that saw him throw a single touchdown pass and two interceptions, the Aggie backup quarterback bounced back.
It feels wrong to call it a bounce-back game, as we hadn’t seen him play as well as he did against Alabama ever. I’m removing a miscommunication interception from his stat line because I can — Calzada completed nearly 70% of his passes for 285 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the biggest game of the year against Alabama.
I could go on about the rest of his performances this month, but it was the Alabama game that impressed everybody. Calzada may not be an elite quarterback yet, but he inspired his team to do a full 180 mid-season.