Texas A&M football kicked off their season against the New Mexico Lobos, and the Aggies new offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino made sure that his debut was noted. After a 52-10 victory, who were the stars of the show?
Conner Weigman had an incredible 2023 debut, torching the Lobos defense with 5 touchdowns, 236 yards through the air, and 22 yards on the ground. Weigman had some incredible throws throughout the night, looking very poised in the pocket while still knowing when to escape and make plays with his legs. Weigman’s 5 touchdowns were the most in any season debut by an Aggie and helped account for the highest QBR out of anyone in the country this weekend. His performance displayed everything and more the Aggies wanted to see out of their quarterback and all Texas A&M football fans should be extremely excited for the rest of this season.
Josh DeBerry, a Boston College transfer, also stuck out in his Aggie debut. DeBerry led the team with 10 tackles, with a sack, a pass deflection, and an interception along the way. DeBerry had been battling with fellow transfer Tony Grimes throughout camp, but DeBerry became the favorite as of late, and it’s easy to see why. He could be a huge piece in the Texas A&M defensive back core, who lost multiple members this offseason.
Noah Thomas was absolutely phenomenal against the Lobos. While he only had 2 touchdowns last year, Petrino seemed to find something in his 6’6” frame and in Thomas’s first game of the season, he had 3 touchdowns. Thomas finished with 6 receptions, 74 yards, and 3 touchdowns and was all over the field all night long. He is the first to score 3 touchdowns in the same game since Christian Kirk in 2017. Thomas has the potential to be a huge red zone threat with his size in Petrino’s offense, and he showed out against New Mexico on Saturday.
After a very rough year due to injury, the Maroon Goons had their first start together, and looked very good. While there was still something to be desired in the run game, their pass protection was much better, allowing only 1 sack from a very blitz heavy defense from New Mexico. Weigman was able to stay comfortable in the pocket and wait for routes to develop without having to worry about pressure because of their performance, and we should only expect them to get better as the year goes on.
The 2023 Texas A&M football team had a great first outing in the Bobby Petrino era and Aggie fans should be excited about this year and should see lots of improvement from a disappointing season last year.