Texas A&M Football: Five keys for the Aggies to win 10 games in 2022

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1. The quarterback competition

Arguably the most important part of this season for Texas A&M is as simple as a question: who will be the starting quarterback in 2022? It has come down to a three-man race between Sophomore Haynes King, Junior LSU transfer Max Johnson, and Freshman Connor Weigman.

King was the starting quarterback in 2021 before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 2. In his short season, he struggled in his performance against Kent State, throwing for three interceptions, and only managed two passes against Colorado before the injury.

Johnson started all 12 games for LSU in 2021 and had a solid season against SEC competition. He racked up over 2,800 yards to go with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. He right now is viewed as the very slight front-runner for the starting job, but as August goes on, a starter will become clearer leading up to A&M’s Week 1 matchup against Sam Houston State.

Weigman comes in as one of the headline players of the Aggies’ historic 2022 recruiting class. The quarterback prospect is ranked as the No. 22 player in the country and the No. 2 quarterback in the class. Weigman has all the tools to become a star quarterback not only in college but in the NFL. He has a strong arm along with the ability to extend plays with his legs.

No matter who will be the conductor of the offense, they will be put in a great situation to succeed with a stout offensive line, playmakers at the skill positions, and a stout defense. However, a quarterback has the capability to derail an entire season. Fisher needs to get this one right if he wants to take this Aggies team to the next level and compete for an SEC championship in 2022.

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