While Texas A&M had a great season punctuated by their upset win over the Alabama Crimson Tide, their excitement was tempered afterward when quarterback Zach Calzada announced he would be entering the transfer portal.
I have THE MOST love for Texas A&M, my coach’s, teammates, and anybody who has been a part of this process. From the bottom of my heart…Thank you to the 12th man🖤 pic.twitter.com/vZ4QnMGv84
— Zach Calzada (@ZachCalzada) December 13, 2021
Making matters even worse is that Calzada will be staying in the SEC West to terrorize the Aggies. Calzada announced Thursday on Twitter that he is transferring to Auburn where he’ll be eligible immediately and have up to three years of eligibility left.
— Zach Calzada (@ZachCalzada) January 6, 2022
After playing in three games in 2019 and redshirting in 2020, Calzada became A&M’s starting quarterback in Week 2 of the 2021 season, finishing the year with 2,185 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
What makes him most enticing for the Tigers is that he has experience beating Alabama, passing for 285 yards and three touchdowns in A&M’s 41-38 win over the Crimson Tide. He also threw for 192 yards in a 20-3 win over Auburn back in November.
The reaction to Calzada’s move across the SEC West was felt across college football Twitter, from the way it impacts the conference to the curious image used to announce his transfer.
why'd they make him a zombie pic.twitter.com/7L5Z7pwfFM
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) January 6, 2022
So the only two QBs in College football right now who have beaten Alabama are Bo Nix & Zach Calzada
One leaves…one comes in…both with that #10 Auburn jersey
— Auburn Memes (@AuburnMemes) January 6, 2022
Committed to playing QB, or possibly starring in the next Twilight movie. https://t.co/gR64MjuUkJ
— Heath Cline (@heathradio) January 6, 2022
Former LSU qb Max Johnson transfers to Texas A&M to replace Zach Calzada who transfers to Auburn to replace Bo Nix and compete with TJ Finley who was benched at LSU in favor of Max Johnson who is transferring to Texas A&M to replace Zach Calzada. #FactsMatter
— Matt Wyatt (@RadioWyatt) January 6, 2022
It will be very interesting to see how the shifting of signal-callers throughout the conference impacts things. First things first, Calzada and the other transfers need to win their new starting jobs. But after that, there are storylines aplenty in the SEC West next season, especially depending on how the national title game next week plays out.