Zach Calzada chooses Auburn: Five immediate thoughts

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  • Zach Calzada
    American football player

Auburn went after quarterbacks early and often in the transfer portal and found their guy when former Texas A&M Aggie Zach Calzada committed to the team Thursday afternoon.

There will be a lot of different opinions on Calzada’s transition to being an Auburn Tiger.

In 2021, Calzada threw for 2,185 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also threw nine picks. He was a non-factor in the running game.

He led Texas A&M to a 20-3 win against Auburn on November 6 but the Aggie offense had a hard time consistently moving the football.

Here are five thoughts about Calzada committing to Auburn.

He will be the favorite to be QB1

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He didn’t have to come to Auburn. He believes he will be the favorite to win the job. TJ Finley has some experience in the offense but the coaching staff clearly wants more players in the competition for QB1.

Zach Calzada showed flashes

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Calzada was a big part of Texas A&M’s big win over Alabama. Perhaps Bryan Harsin and Austin Davis can pull out Calzada’s potential.

He was carried by the talent around him

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Texas A&M had one of the most talented rosters in college football last season and Calzada appeared to hold the offense back.

Calzada will need better protection than Bo Nix

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Bo Nix helped out his offensive line over the past three years with his ability to move. Calzada does not have the athleticism that Nix had and could be a problem unless Auburn’s offensive front takes a step this summer.

It will be interesting to see who joins Calzada

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Your quarterback is the nucleus of your team. It will be interesting to watch and see which players, specifically pass catchers, commit to Auburn to play with Calzada in the offense.

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