Jimbo Fisher shares why Haynes King won Texas A&M's starting QB job
After redshirting last season, Haynes King will have a much bigger role for Texas A&M in 2021.
Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher recently announced that King will be his team’s starting quarterback this year, taking over the job that was vacated when Kellen Mond left for the NFL. King played in 2 games last season, going 2-for-4 for 59 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
During camp, King impressed Fisher, who told the media on Monday that he won the job because of his consistency, pocket presence, accuracy and decision-making skills. And those aren’t the only reasons.
“He’s athletic,” Fisher said. “There are a lot of guys on our team who can run. He’s one of them. I just hope he’s fast enough to outrun the guys chasing him.”
King was a 4-star recruit in Texas A&M’s 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, out of Longview High School in Texas. After learning and developing for a year, he’ll now get an opportunity to show why the Aggies recruited him and brought him into the program.
Redshirt sophomore Zach Calzada was also competing for the job, but he lost out to King. Calzada played in 3 games in 2019, but he never got onto the field last year.
King will make his first start when Texas A&M opens the 2021 season with a home matchup against Kent State on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.