We all held our breath when Texas A&M’s starting QB Haynes King limped off the field in the first quarter on Saturday, and things didn’t get any better when he emerged out of the locker room with a walking boot and crutches. On Monday morning, we got the news that many already feared, that King suffered a broken ankle and will be out for several weeks, according to On3 Sports’ Matt Zenitz.
From @HamiltonESPN and me, per sources: Texas A&M starting QB Haynes King sustained a fractured ankle during the team's win over Colorado on Saturday. Underwent surgery yesterday and is expected to be out until at least mid-October. https://t.co/WtQa76FmWV— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) September 13, 2021
King won the starting job over redshirt sophomore Zach Calzada in fall camp, and despite some turnover problems in the season opener against Kent State, showed some elite flashes and had many both in College Station and nationally excited about his potential. But the Aggies will now turn to Calzada to steady the ship and hopefully help this team reach their potential in a highly anticipated 2021 season.
Calzada certainly took his lumps against Colorado, often not seeing open receivers and generally just failing to move the A&M offense with any consistency through much of the game. But he seemed to settle in and figure some things out in the fourth quarter, going 8-fo-14 for 118 yards passing, including the game-winning touchdown, to help put A&M over the top. He played well when it mattered most, and he’ll look to get in additional reps and build confidence this week against New Mexico before the SEC slate kicks off on Sept. 25 against the Arkansas Razorbacks.