Texas A&M Football: Could Conner Weigman win the starting spot in 2022?

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After three years of stability under Kellen Mond, the Texas A&M football team is on its third quarterback within the past calendar year. Granted, this year’s quarterback battle gave us the clear starter, but injuries made sure it wouldn’t be that simple.

In Haynes King’s second start, he dropped to the ground with a leg injury. This sent Zach Calzada into the game, who initially looked like he was not ready for prime time. By this point in the season, however, Calzada has played well enough for Aggie fans to question whether Haynes King will be the starter when he returns.

But there’s another layer to this — that layer being five-star 2022 commit Conner Weigman.

Could Conner Weigman have a say for the Texas A&M football starting quarterback spot in 2022?

With Haynes King likely missing the entirety of the 2021 season with a fracture in his leg, the quarterback situation in College Station could get very interesting.

Even though King won the quarterback competition this past offseason, there will likely be another between him and Calzada this upcoming offseason. You can also throw Eli Stowers into the mix there, though it looks like Jimbo Fisher is attempting to turn him into a tight end for some reason.

The real curveball here will be the presence of Conner Weigman, who will be the A&M’s second-highest-rated quarterback commit. The highest-rated was Kyler Murray, who eventually transferred out of Aggieland.

Weigman, a five-star quarterback and the second-best player at his position via 247Sports Composite, will be enrolling early at Texas A&M, meaning he’ll get more time to learn the system compared to a player who joins the team during the summer. This will, at the very least, allow him to sneak into the QB competition.

Much like King, Weigman is an excellent scrambler, which could give him a leg up over Calzada. That said, King will have two more years in the system over Weigman, and despite a lower ranking at the high school level, could have a more refined game.

That said, King did not impress many in his single full start. The Aggie starting quarterback tossed two touchdowns and three interceptions against Kent State who, in fairness, forced more interceptions than they allowed touchdowns throughout the entirety of last season. King was also able to move the ball well in his first start — something that took Calzada more time.

Thanks to a strong Elite 11 showing, we know Weigman can compete at a high level when the pressure is on. Will he be able to do that in his first year in College Station?

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The main positive here is that Jimbo Fisher will have three very talented quarterbacks competing for the starting spot. It’s hard to see a world where the Aggies don’t end up with one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC next season.