Texas A&M names Haynes King starting quarterback against devastating injury in 2021 – CBS Sports

Texas A&M names Haynes King starting quarterback against devastating injury in 2021 - CBS Sports

No. 6 Texas A&M enters the season with a lot of hype, and the final piece of what it hopes to be a championship puzzle is now in place. Haynes King, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore from Longview High School, won the starting quarterback position over LSU transfer Max Johnson and five-star true freshman Conner Weigman.

King also opened the 2021 season as the Aggies’ starter. He threw for 292 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in their 41-10 win over Kent State only to see his season come to an abrupt end during the first quarter of Texas A&M’s final Week 2 win over Colorado when King broke his leg.

When asked Wednesday, coach Jimbo Fisher was noncommittal about the time frame for announcing a starting signal caller. However, just days later and a full week before Texas A&M kicks off its 2022 season against Sam Houston, Fisher made his decision.

King was a four-star prospect and the No. 7-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2020, according to 247Sports. He was 37-2 as a starter during his high school career and named the District 11-6A offensive MVP as a senior in 2019.

What are the big decisions of Texas A&M’s big decision?

Faith is there for Fisher

Zach Calzada filled in for King last year and had the game of his life in the 41-38 win over Alabama. He didn’t stay, however, transferring to Auburn shortly after the season. That spoke volumes for Fisher’s faith in King. You don’t let go of the man who led one of the biggest upsets of the 2021 season if you don’t have a lot of faith in who will take his place.

Fisher didn’t settle, though. Johnson had a lot of success in his two years at LSU, and there’s no doubt that his presence in the fight helped make King a better player. That further cemented the confidence Fisher had had for over a year.

It will be fascinating to see how Texas A&M’s offense develops from here now that King is the official “QB1.” We already know it can pound the rock with stud running back Devon Achane, and it’s likely King’s dual-threat abilities will give opposing defenses another dimension to account for. If the offense can also stretch the field deep through the air, it will be hard to stop.

The pressure is on

Texas A&M was picked to finish second behind Alabama in the SEC West and was a trendy pick to make the College Football Playoff by several experts. This is not the ordinary offseason hype that generally accompanies the Aggies into the season; this is a legitimate national title hope that many believe is within reach.

That’s a lot of pressure on King, who has only five quarters of significant college football under his belt. That doesn’t mean he can’t handle it. We saw Bryce Young take Alabama to the SEC Championship Game and College Football Playoff National Championship without taking a significant snap before the 2021 season.

This is a different kind of pressure though. King has the weight of Aggie Nation on his shoulders unlike any quarterback we’ve seen since Johnny Manziel. He may have to put together that kind of season to topple the Tide and reach the SEC title in Atlanta.

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