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.

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.

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.

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.

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