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COLLEGE STATION — The new starting quarterback for Texas A&M has a big arm, limited experience and one notable comeback win to his credit.
Third-year sophomore Zach Calzada will take over for No. 7 A&M. Starter Haynes King suffered a fractured lower right tibia Saturday in the second series against Colorado.
Coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed the injury and subsequent surgery at his Monday news conference.
“He has a crack in his lower leg that they fixed and operated on,” Fisher said. “Went clean as a whistle, went really good. Was as good as it could humanly be, as far as the prognosis of things.”
Fisher declined to provide a timeline for King’s return. A&M (2-0) hosts New Mexico (2-0) on Saturday before beginning Southeastern Conference play Sept. 25 against No. 20 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium.
No. 1 Alabama visits Kyle Field on Oct. 9.
“Now, timeline, I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to say,” Fisher said. “When you heal, you heal.”
Until then and maybe afterward, Calzada figures to be the starting quarterback. After a nightmarish start against Colorado, he led A&M on the winning drive, connecting with Isaiah Spillers for the decisive touchdown with 2:41 remaining.
“I feel very comfortable with him doing things,” Fisher said, “especially after watching him and the character he grew up with in that football game — to come back and make the plays he had to make at the end of that game for us to have a chance to win it.”
Calzada’s teammates praised his composure afterward and said they maintained confidence in him.
“I was proud of Zach. He stepped into a hostile environment,” defensive back Antonio Johnson said. “He delivered. To me, he did what exactly what we needed him to do.”
Fisher said Calzada’s backup is preferred walk-on Blake Bost, who reportedly had scholarship offers from several non-FBS schools, including Arkansas State. Also in the picture is former Denton Guyer standout Eli Stowers, who has been taking snaps at tight end as well as quarterback.
King won what Fisher described as a close competition in preseason camp to replace the graduated Kellen Mond, who started for four seasons.
On Monday, Fisher said that experience can benefit Calzada now.
“They kept raising each other’s game,” Fisher said. “They kept matching each other and playing well in what we did and knowledge of what we did, to be able to make plays, operate the offense and do the things they do.”
Expect to see some subtle differences in the offense.
Blessed with 4.5 speed in the 40, King was dangerous keeping the ball on a running play.
Calzada is the classic strong-armed pro-style quarterback. At the same time, he nearly scrambled for a touchdown against Colorado before fumbling just shy of the goal line. He also bought extra time rolling to his left on the winning score.
“You’ll feature things he does, but we won’t change a lot,” Fisher said. “The concept of what we do and how we do things will stay relatively where we are.”
Fisher said Calzada faced “as much adversity as anyone I’ve been around in a long time” and believes that can give him the confidence to realize his potential.
Before Saturday’s game, Calzada’s experience had been limited to 25 passing attempts in four games, mostly mop-up duty.
Fisher says he sees Calzada developing his arm strength into a passer and not just a thrower.
“And that comes with knowledge and experience and comfort level in what you’re doing,” Fisher said. “But it’s good on one thing, he can get it to all parts of the field.”
A look at new Texas A&M starting quarterback Zach Calzada:
Year: Redshirt sophomore
Hometown: Sugar Hill, Ga.
High school: Was ranked as three-star recruit and the 20th-best pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports composite. … Threw for 3,429 yards and 29 touchdowns in his career at Lanier High School.
College: In five games in 2019 and this season, he has completed 30 of 63 passes for 316 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.a href="/sports/texas-am-aggies/2021/09/13/report-texas-am-starting-qb-haynes-king-has-fractured-ankle-out-until-at-least-mid-october/"">>Texas A&M AggiesBy Scott Bell
Source : https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/texas-am-aggies/2021/09/13/jimbo-fisher-aggies-are-confident-in-zach-calzada-taking-over-as-starting-quarterback/1246