Texas A&M Football: Every potential starting QB’s primary strength

Haynes King, Texas A&M football Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Texas A&M football team’s quarterback competition is set to intensify with the team’s first spring scrimmage in the rear-view mirror

The Texas A&M football team is hosting one of the best quarterback competitions in the country, including three players who will fight for the starting spot. Those players are Haynes King, Conner Weigman, and Max Johnson.

Each of these quarterbacks has drastically different strengths and could earn the starting spot throughout this summer.

Texas A&M had its first scrimmage today (March 26th), giving Fisher and the rest of the coaching staff its first look at the three candidates. But what should coaches be looking for from each player? Here’s each Aggie quarterback’s primary strength as spring ball intensifies.

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Haynes King: Athleticism

All three of this year’s quarterbacks are relatively athletic. After a season of watching Zach Calzada, who doesn’t often scramble, Texas A&M fans will see an upgrade when it comes to speed and quickness.

When it comes to sheer speed, Haynes King is your guy at the QB spot. The Aggies’ original starter from last season has been clocked in at over 22 miles per hour — a speed that only two other players on the entire team have achieved.

When you watch King play, his speed is evident. While he is extremely elusive in the pocket, reminiscent of Johnny Manziel, his top-end speed is the most impressive part of his game. If he gets in open space, there may not be a player capable of catching him.

Max Johnson: Experience

As a transfer, Max Johnson finds himself in an interesting position in this quarterback competition. Having the former LSU starter around gives Texas A&M an extremely high floor at the quarterback spot — Johnson has a full year of experience in the SEC under his belt.

King was Texas A&M’s starter for one full game and to be blunt, didn’t have an amazing performance. Weigman, despite having clear talent, is an incoming freshman and will have to put in some serious leg work to compete with the big boys.

Conner Weigman: Arm Talent

Of all three quarterbacks, Conner Weigman seems like the least likely to earn the starting spot. Generally speaking, you don’t see an excess of true freshmen quarterbacks starting on teams that are hopeful to make the College Football Playoff.

That said, Weigman easily has the highest ceiling of any of these guys. The former five-star prospect also plays for the baseball team — he can sling the football.

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There’s no way to know how quickly he’ll adjust to the college football level. That said, sooner rather than later would be preferred. If Weigman can, at the very least, give Johnson and King a scare in this position battle, A&M will get some strong production from that spot.