Since freshman Conner Weigman started four of A&M’s last five games of the 2022 season, the expectation is that the former five-star player would be the starter of the 2023 season. But throughout spring training and most of fall camp, Jimbo Fisher remained true to the belief that the seed spot was still up for grabs, seemingly between Weigman and redshirt junior Max Johnson. But that contest appeared to be over today when Fisher announced at his game week press conference that Conner Weigman will be the Aggies’ starting quarterback in the season opener against New Mexico on Sept. 2.
This QB contest appeared to be similar to previous ones under Jimbo Fisher, with one player going into fall camp as the clear favorite and eventually taking the majority of first-team representatives. For the past two years, Haynes King (now the starter at Georgia Tech) won that fight over Zach Calzada/Max Johnson. A&M hopes to get better results this time, both from a health and production point of view.
Weigman threw for 805 yards, 8 TDs, and 0 INTs in his four starts in 2022. While these aren’t stunning stats, they’re more than respectable for a true novice, especially given the truly abysmal weather at both Auburn and UMass games. Just looking at his starts against Ole Miss and LSU, he averaged 246.5 yards, 3 touchdowns per game with a 64.5% completion rate. If he kept that up for 12 games, they would have 2,958 yards and 36 touchdown passes, which would be the second most yards and touchdown passes for an A&M QB since Johnny Manziel left after the 2013 season.
The Aggies are also hoping Weigman will benefit from improved offensive line play (A&M is bringing back all offensive starters except RB Devon Achane), a hugely talented WR corps and an improved offensive system under new OC Bobby Petrino.
Behind Weigman, A&M’s QB depth has also improved in recent years. Fourth-year player Max Johnson is perhaps the most experienced substitute in college football, complemented by Fresno State transfer Jaylen Henderson and true freshman Marcel Reed.
With his five-star pedigree and the attacking talent that surrounds him, great things are expected of Weigman in 2023. We’ll find out if those expectations live up when the season kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 2nd. against New Mexico.