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Former Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada is staying in the SEC West.
Calzada tweeted Thursday that he was transferring to Auburn. Calzada was A&M's starting quarterback for the majority of the 2021 season after Haynes King suffered a season-ending injury in the Aggies' second game of the season against Colorado.
Calzada announced he was transferring from the Aggies before the team’s scheduled Gator Bowl appearance. A&M had to back out of the game because of a lack of players amid COVID-19 cases and if the game had been played, walk-on Blake Bost would have been in line to be the team’s starting QB.
Calzada was 184-of-327 passing for 2,185 yards, 17 TDs and nine interceptions in 2021. His signature moment came in the Aggies’ win over Alabama in September. He threw three TD passes and re-entered the game ahead of the game-winning field goal after he was twisted awkwardly to the ground.
His transfer to Auburn comes after longtime Auburn starter Bo Nix transferred to Oregon earlier in the offseason. Calzada will compete with LSU transfer T.J. Finley to be the Tigers' starter in 2022 under Bryan Harsin and new offensive coordinator Austin Davis. Finley started the last three games of the season after Nix suffered a broken ankle against Mississippi State.
Calzada is also the second high-profile QB transfer within the SEC. Former LSU starter Max Johnson is heading to Texas A&M and will compete with King to be the Aggies' starter next season.