The storyline throughout the Texas A&M football team’s 2021 offseason was simple — Haynes King or Zach Calzada? Outside of these two players, most of the depth chart seemed relatively laid out.
This season, the Aggies will have more depth chart spots to figure out. One, however, rises above the rest in terms of importance.
The Aggies’ most important position will be under center, where A&M had issues throughout the 2021 season. Last year, it was between Haynes King and Zach Calzada, though King seemed like the starter all along. What does the QB competition look like this season?
Jimbo Fisher has created the best QB competition in college football for the Texas A&M football team
I’m speaking so much about last year’s quarterback competition because it’s important to give context to the entire situation. Make no mistake, Jimbo Fisher failed to prepare his roster to compete in the SEC — he put all of his eggs in the Haynes King basket.
When King dropped with an injury, the team was left for dead. Fisher will not be making the same mistake two years in a row.
In 2022, the Aggies will have a true quarterback competition — three players will be competing to be this team’s passer and any one of them would start at a number of other Power Five programs. In fact, King went from the obvious number one option for the Aggies to a player who might be the least talented/proven among the group of three.
The most proven on the list is likely Max Johnson, the former starter at LSU. The Tiger quarterback decided to transfer with the departure of head coach Ed Orgeron despite having a stellar 2021 season. Johnson will be joining his brother Jake Johnson, the top tight end in the 2022 class according to 247Sports.
At LSU, Johnson passed for 27 touchdowns and just six interceptions, a ratio that was only matched by a few players in the game. He also threw for nearly 3,000 yards, giving Texas A&M an extremely high ceiling at the quarterback spot.
The final option at quarterback is Conner Weigman, who is likely the highest-risk player on this list. That said, the upside with Weigman is high — the soon-to-be Aggie passer was the second-best quarterback in the 2022 class and a five-star prospect. He was named National High School Quarterback of the Year by the National Quarterback Club after his 2021 season.
Weigman should be considered a player who can immediately start on a College Football Playoff contending team.
Make no mistake — this offseason’s quarterback competition will be the best in the entire country. Worst case, A&M ends up with a player who has already proven himself in the SEC. Best case, A&M has another Heisman Trophy contender.