Texas A&M Football Player Spotlight: Conner Weigman
In a game full of low points for Texas A&M football, Conner Weigman’s performance was a bright spot. The sophomore quarterback really answered the bell in the second half, making several amazing throws to keep the Aggies within striking distance when the Hurricanes were trying to pull away. The mathematical chances were quite slim right at the end of the game, but Weigman’s acumen gave the Aggies a shot right up until a 4th and goal play with 50 seconds to go ended with a diving pick by a Miami defender.
That was one of two picks that Weigman threw on the day; however, you can’t really blame him for that one given the situation. Nor can you really blame him for his other interception, either; as color commentator Jesse Palmer pointed out on the broadcast, Conner had thrown the ball to the correct spot but his receiver slipped, causing the ball to sail right past where he would have been and into the arms of Kam Kinchens.
Despite both of these throws, the quarterback for Texas A&M football ended the day still with a decent QBR, notching an 83.5 by that metric. As I’ve mentioned, he threw for a total of 336 yards—the most total yards on the road by an Aggie QB since 2018. His high volume of attempts gave him a lower total of 6.3 YPA, but this was partly due to him having to throw the ball quickly or ground it due to the pressure—despite being the most blitzed and pressured QB in week 2, Weigman did not take a sack, which is pretty remarkable. Thanks in part to a lack of sack yardage lost, Weigman ended the day with 5 carries for 29 yards as well.
Evan Stewart’s performance should also be mentioned—though the talented receiver did not record a touchdown, he notched 11 receptions for 142 yards. If he keeps this pace up, he will be well over 1,000 yards receiving at year’s end.
As was discussed often on the broadcast, Weigman’s throws under duress were admirable. The touchdown to Noah Thomas, in which he took a hit literally while delivering the ball, is one that immediately jumps to mind. Due to the hit that Conner took, he was unable to follow through, but he still managed to squeeze the ball between defenders to deliver another touchdown for this Texas A&M football team.
He had several other throws in this manner throughout the game. Hopefully the protection by the line will improve so that he won’t have to make so many throws under duress, but his ability to do so flashes whenever you watch him.