Texas A&M’s open coaching position may be the talk of the college football world, but how this roster changed over the next month is just as important to this program’s future. On Sunday, the roster suffered a major piece of attrition, as veteran QB Max Johnson announced that he has entered the transfer portal. Johnson is the second A&M player to enter the portal since the firing of Jimbo Fisher, joining freshman WR Raymond Cottrell.
Johnson made eight starts in his two years in College Station, amassing more than 1,900 passing yards, 12 TDs and 5 INTs (along with two rushing touchdowns). In each of the past two seasons, he started the season as backup before being thrust into the starting role before the end of September. And, in each of the past two seasons, his season was cut short by injury (broken hand in 2022, broken ribs in 2023). Texas A&M was 4-4 in his starts.
Looking ahead to 2024, the assumption is that a healty Conner Weigman will resume the starting role. And with the promising play of Jaylen Henderson to close out the season and Marcel Reed entering his second year, the QB depth for the Aggies will still be healthy even with Johnson’s departure. They also have two QBs committed in the 2024 class with AJ Maddox and Miles O’Neill.
But while A&M should be able to absorb the loss of Johnson next season, make no mistake, the past two years would have looked a lot worse had he not been on the roster. He provided stability during times when almost everything surrounding the Aggie program felt unstable. He played his guts out (and often took a beating behind a shaky OL), and we’ll always be grateful for his time spent in maroon and white.
As a graduate transfer, Johnson can play immediately, and has two years of eligibility remaining.