Jimbo Fisher breaks down Zach Calzada's first game, provides update on suspended Texas A&M DL
With news surfacing Monday that Texas A&M quarterback Haynes King will be out until at least mid-October with a fractured ankle, all eyes in College Station will now turn to Zach Calzada.
The 6-4, 210-pound sophomore QB replaced King after he was injured in the first quarter against Colorado last Saturday and will now take over as the starter.
Calzada struggled at times against the Buffaloes, but he completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Spiller with less than 3 minutes to play to help the No. 7 Aggies escape with a 10-7 win.
The Sugar Hill, Georgia, native was 18-of-38 passing for 183 yards in the game, and he added 28 rushing yards on 7 carries.
On Monday during his weekly press conference, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about what he saw from Calzada in a tough situation on Saturday.
“The confidence on the sideline was good,” Fisher said. “He could come off and tell me what was going on. Sometimes you go too fast (through reads). The more he played, the more it slowed down. The last play (the TD pass to Spiller) was his third read on the play.”
Jimbo Fisher on Calzada: “The confidence on the sideline was good. He could come off and tell me what was going on. Sometimes you go too fast (through reads). The more he played, the more it slowed down. The last play (the TD pass to Spiller) was his third read on the play."
— TexAgs (@TexAgs) September 13, 2021
Also on Wednesday, Fisher said defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson, who was suspended for the first two games of the season following an offseason arrest, will return this Saturday for the Aggies’ home game with New Mexico.
Jimbo Fisher says defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson will be back this weekend. He was out the first two weeks, serving a suspension following an offseason arrest.
— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) September 13, 2021
The 6-2, 325-pound sophomore was an All-SEC Freshman selection a year ago after he appeared in all 10 games for A&M and recorded 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks.