Texas A&M Spring Football depth chart: Max Johnson or Haynes King at quarterback?


After an 8-4 season, Texas A&M is expected to be back in the hunt for a college football title in 2022. Having a top recruiting class will raise the expectations of any roster. Beating Alabama will only fuel the fire.

Two of the Aggies’ biggest offensive difficulties in 2021 have been the offensive line and inconsistent quarterback play. A&M replaced four starters in the trenches and used a combination of five offensive lines before solidifying their base.

The trenches are expected to be secured with three returning starters from 2021. The quarterback becomes a question mark again.

A & M’s initial starter, King Haynes, only played two games before sustaining a season-ending leg injury. Zach Calzada ran the business, but his inconsistencies became a staple in late-season conference losses. Calzada chosen to transfer at Auburn after going 6-4 as a starter for the Aggies.

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FIRST TEAM: Haynes King OR Max Johnson

No quarterback should come into the spring as a clear starter. King is the locker room veteran, having learned of Jimbo Fisher’s offense over the past two years. Johnson, however, has the reps to justify the game.

Throughout the summer, King and Calzada fought for the QB1 title, taking turns commanding the offensive. Even though he won the starting position, King’s first start has yielded mixed results against Kent State. The Longview native threw for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions.

King only played two records against Colorado in Week 2 before injuring himself. He completed a pass for eight yards.

Johnson, Who chosen to transfer from LSU, started all 12 Tigers games in 2021 following the season-ending Myles Brennan injury. He threw for 2,815 yards, 27 touchdowns and six interceptions to lead the Tigers to a 6-6 season.

Johnson is best remembered by Aggies for his winning drive in the season finale at Baton Rouge. With 20 seconds on the clock, Johnson connected with wide receiver Jaray Jenkins for a 28-yard touchdown, giving LSU the 27-24 victory in Ed Orgeron’s final game.

King might take a slight advantage due to his potential and knowledge of the offense. In 2020, he won the substitute title behind Kellen Mond against Calzada and played two games, throwing a touchdown pass against South Carolina.

Johnson has the starts, but has also handled the pressure of playing in hard-hitting games. The Tigers handled business against a ranked Florida team, and Johnson’s pitch against the Aggies kept A&M from ending their nine-game second season under Fisher.

SECOND TEAM: Conner Weigman

Weigman, Cypress-Bridgeland’s first recruit, could very well land the job the following spring. For now, he will stay in the second team.

Weigman has improved the Bears’ offense since becoming the starter for the past two seasons. En route to an undefeated regular season in 2020, he threw for 3,808 yards and 42 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

Last fall, injuries reduced Weigman’s count, but he managed to total 2,588 yards with 29 touchdowns on six interceptions. The Bears lost in the fourth round of the Texas playoffs to Tomball, a game Weigman did not start in.

A two-sport athlete, Weigman will also play for the Aggies baseball team. Fisher said during the early signing period he believes Weigman is the best potential quarterback in the 2022 class.

“He’s incredibly smart and very competitive,” Fisher said last month. “He’s got a chip on his shoulder to compete and play, and I’m not saying that the wrong way. He loves to play ball. He’s a football junkie… and he can make every pitch in the book.”

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