Week two of the college football season was nothing short of a disaster for Texas A&M football. The Aggies played host to Appalachian State, which entered the game as an 18-point underdog, but struggled immensely. The Aggies had under 200 yards of total offense in a 17-14 Mountaineers victory, which dropped A&M from No. 6 to No. 24 in the rankings.
Immediately following the game, head coach Jimbo Fisher said the Aggies would “evaluate everything” going forward. That statement included starting quarterback Haynes King, who had a dreadful day with just 97 passing yards against the Mountaineers. Speculation about a change under center circulated all week, and the Aggies officially made a change on Friday.
Instead of King, the Texas A&M football squad will roll out Max Johnson for its home showdown against No. 13 Miami on Saturday. Johnson, a transfer from LSU, will be making his debut as the Aggies’ starter, and the pressure is already on. If he doesn’t play up to expectations, Texas A&M football fans will be calling for his job soon as well.
Fortunately for the Aggies, Johnson should be a clear upgrade over King, and here are a few reasons why.
3. The team will respond to the change
No matter how good or bad a team’s starting quarterback is, that team counts on him as a leader. He’s the one who calls plays in the huddle, signals his teammates before the snap and motivates them on the sidelines.
With that in mind, a coach benching his starting signal caller sends a message to the entire team. By doing so, the coach is saying that no one’s job is completely safe, and that he’s expecting more out of everyone. That message definitely applies after how dreadful the Aggies were on offense against the Mountaineers.