Quarterback Conner Weigman succumbed to a left ankle ailment during the second quarter confrontation against the Tigers, hobbling his way to the locker room just prior to the intermission. In the third quarter’s commencement, Junior Max Johnson assumed command behind the center. ESPN’s sideline correspondent, Kris Budden, reported that Weigman vociferated in agony while the team’s medical staff conducted their assessment. A&M’s head coach, Jimbo Fisher, disclosed on Monday that Weigman’s status remains uncertain, yet he expresses unwavering confidence in Johnson’s ability to deputize for Weigman, should the need arise.
Fisher articulated, “We possess two individuals, gentlemen, about whom I’ve consistently held profound assurance. Johnson exhibited sterling football acumen, delivering an exceptional performance. He orchestrated pivotal plays and admirably guided our team through the contest.”
Weigman’s statistical ledger for the initial half was 8-for-14, amassing 70 yards. His performance commenced auspiciously, with a 7-of-8 showing in the opening stanza, but subsequently tapered off, culminating in a 1-for-6 slump. Over the course of three games this season, Weigman has achieved a commendable completion rate of 70.48 percent, having thrown 105 passes for 909 yards, comprising eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
Judging by the events that transpired against Auburn, Fisher need not harbor any apprehensions concerning Johnson’s prospective initiation. In fact, he might even prefer it.
The Aggies’ offensive potency conspicuously floundered in the first half with Weigman at the helm. The initial quarter bore witness to a mere six points, while the second quarter witnessed a scoreless endeavor. The team exhibited a noticeable lack of synchrony, and the execution of plays appeared languid in their development on occasion.
The Weigman-led offense also grappled with the hindrance of three false start infractions during the opening half, two of which transpired during a single drive. These penalties culminated in the Aggies relinquishing their red zone penetration. Relegating them to a second field goal attempt instead of a potential touchdown.
Conversely, in the latter half of the match, the offensive dynamics underwent a substantial transformation with Johnson at the helm. Max Johnson orchestrated a formidable resurgence, amassing 21 points while completing 7 of 11 passes, accounting for 123 yards. Johnson’s demeanor radiated a heightened level of comfort in comparison to Weigman, yielding considerably superior effectiveness.
To be unequivocal, Weigman firmly retains the distinction of being A&M’s primary quarterback (QB1). However, Fisher and Petrino confront the imperative task of elucidating the salient factors contributing to Johnson’s conspicuously superior performance on that fateful Saturday. This inquiry assumes paramount significance, particularly if the offense flourishes under Max’s stewardship against the Razorbacks.