Texas A&M gets bad news on QB Conner Weigman

Texas A&M gets bad news on QB Conner Weigman

According to a report from Billy Liucci of TexAgs, Texas A&M true sophomore quarterback Conner Weigman is going to miss the rest of the 2023 season due to a foot injury sustained in last week’s 27-10 home win over Auburn.

In four games this year, Weigman had completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 979 yards with an 8/2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also had 63 rushing yards, two TDs and 5.3 yards-per-carry average.

Weigman has started eight times for the Aggies in nine games since arriving in College Station as a five-star prospect in the 2022 recruiting class. According to the 247 Sports Composite, the Cypress, TX., native was the nation’s No. 22 overall player, the No. 3 QB and the No. 4 player in the state of Texas.

Weigman has completed 155-of-251 career passes (61.8%) for 1,875 yards with a stellar 16/2 TD-INT ratio. He has 160 career rushing yards, two TDs and a 4.1 YPC average.

The good news for Jimbo Fisher’s team is that it has one of the country’s best and most experienced backup signal callers. That was on display last week when Max Johnson, who spent his first two collegiate seasons at LSU before transferring to Texas A&M ahead of the 2022 campaign, connected on 7-of-11 throws for 123 yards and two TDs without an interception vs. Auburn.

Johnson is the son of Brad Johnson, who played both football and basketball at Florida St. before a long NFL career that included a Super Bowl win over the Raiders when he was playing for Tampa Bay in 2002. He completed 43-of-71 passes (60.6%) for 517 yards and three TDs without an interception for the Aggies last season.

However, Johnson sustained a season-ending injury when he broke his thumb during a 23-21 win over Arkansas in 2022. After Johnson went down, QB Haynes King struggled mightily before being replaced by Weigman in November. The result was a 5-7 season for Fisher’s team, leaving him on the hot seat coming into this year.

Johnson started all 12 regular-season games for LSU in 2021. He connected on 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,815 yards with a 27/6 TD-INT ratio. The Tigers limped to a 6-6 straight-up record, but they sent Ed Orgeron out on a high note when Johnson led a last-minute drive to cap a 27-24 comeback win over Texas A&M as 6.5-point home underdogs.

Orgeron had been fired in October of 2021, but he was allowed to coach the rest of the regular season. When Orgeron left after the regular-season finale, Johnson and others decided to hit the transfer portal before the team’s bowl game.

In 25 career games, Johnson has a 60.2 completion percentage, 4,627 passing yards and a 42/7 TD-INT ratio. He also has 134 career rushing yards and three TDs.

Texas A&M (3-1 straight up, 2-2 against the spread) owns home wins over New Mexico (52-10), ULM (47-3) and Auburn, but it lost its only road game 48-33 at Miami as a 2.5-point ‘chalk.’ As of late Wednesday morning, most books had the Aggies installed as 6.5-point favorites Saturday vs. Arkansas in Arlington, TX.

Texas A&M has won 10 of the last 11 head-to-head meetings against the Razorbacks, but they’ve won by more than seven points only twice in the last nine encounters. The Aggies won a 23-21 thriller last year as two-point favorites.

Arkansas owns a 14-6-1 ATS record in 21 games as an underdog during Sam Pittman’s four-year tenure.