Thus, Texas, A&M already have to re-evaluate QB situations

College football, like life, comes to you fast.

Texas A&M and Texas thought they had resolved their quarterback status on the preseason field. It is now possible that the two will have to revisit the most important position on the field for very different reasons in week 3 of the college football season.

For A&M No. 7 (2-0), the Aggies may be looking at life without having been quarterback Haynes King for a while. Coach Jimbo Fisher said he did not have a final diagnosis on King, who was thrown at a goalkeeper during the second series of A&M against Colorado. He landed awkwardly on his right leg.

After being helped out of the field and into the locker room, King spent the second half wearing a boot and crutches. From a non-medical standpoint, it didn’t look good.

Something more definite may come on Monday, though Fisher has a way of being vague about injuries. For now, Zach Calzada, second year of the red shirt, seems to be the headline. It was understandable that he was unstable for most of the first half against Colorado, better in the second half. He shook off what could have been deflating the goal line to lead the winning unit of the match in a 10-7 victory. In the fourth quarter, there was a lot of balance and moxie.

“He’s worried and excited,” Fisher said. “You are both because you have to fix things, but at the same time, you can play very well to be able to play. …

“He made the plays in those units when it mattered right there in the end, so we’ll build on that and fix the other things and move on.”

The good news for A&M is that next week’s game will be New Mexico, which belongs to the pastry division of the calendar.

Assuming King’s absence is more than a game, Calzada may be the starter for the start of the SEC season with the resurgent Arkansas and Mississippi State ahead of Alabama on Oct. 9.

Has the ceiling of a possible playoff season been reduced? The verdict could be handed down in a couple of weeks.

As good as A & M’s defense is – and it lit up during the second half – it’s hard to beat the SEC with half a great team.

Fisher said the rest of the team will have to concentrate around Calzada.

Runner Isaiah Spiller, who got the winning touchdown, saw something to build on.

“It simply came to our notice then. It gives us an identity, “Spiller said.” He challenged us to our first game of adversity. “

In Texas, the focus is on the quarterback, and on the offensive and defensive lines, kicking and stuff, after a 40-21 loss to Arkansas. You had to search the net until the Charlie Strong era to find a more failed Longhorn loss. All the optimism of the initial victory achieved a harsh check of reality.

Because it’s Texas and because new coach Steve Sarkisian carries an offensive and saving tag, attention was immediately shifted to the quarterback. The Hudson Card holder was ineffective, it didn’t look anything like his flawless game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Backup Casey Thompson came in after 10 sets and led two back touchdown units, which looked like part of an initial.

“Retrospective is 20/20,” Sarkisian said. “You may look back and do it before, but we did it when we did it. I was proud of Casey and his way of competing. “

Sarkisian looked a little confused when the quarterback question came up. Again, he is lucky not to be scrolling through the message boards during the game.

“Very soon to ask that question,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll have to take a look.”

The problem for Sarkisian is that he spent all spring and then pre-season camp weighing options before settling on Card. What signal will send a change to Thompson after two games? If Sarkisian doesn’t change, will Thompson stay or head to the transfer portal?

Sarkisian tried to change the breakdowns on the big picture.

“I thought Hudson had a good week of preparation,” Sarkisian said. “It’s easy to praise the quarterback when things are going well, and it’s easy to criticize the quarterback when things go wrong. But you need 11 of them to act collectively. “

He’s right, though people will keep examining his Monday press conference. Since Rice is the next opponent, anyone with QB1 will probably also get their head around Texas Tech to start the Big 12 game.

Takeaway food and second week looks at college football

– All in all, it was a pretty good week for the four new members of the Big 12. BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF each won, and BYU got a satisfying victory over rival Utah state. The No. 23 cougars joined Cincinnati’s No. 8 in the Top 25. AP. UCF was the first to receive votes.

– It’s not exactly nice or crisp, but somehow Texas Tech is 2-0 after beating Stephen F. Austin 28-22. The Red Raiders got a great defensive effort from Jaylon Hutchings, when the lumberjacks arrived late at Tech 8. Next: Florida International as Tech tries to win 3-0 for the first time since 2017.

– Gerry Bohanon was supposed to be more of a runner than a passer. But in leading Baylor to a 2-0 start, Bohanon completed 32 of 47 passes. He ranks second in the Big 12 in the passer classification behind only Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma.

Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian watches the game on the sidelines of the first half of a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. .

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