The Aggies have officially named redshirt sophomore Haynes King as their starting quarterback for the 2022 season. Coming off a season ending tibia injury, King is back and ready to play. Texas A&M fans can expect to see him in action at their season opener against Sam Houston State this upcoming Saturday.
Haynes King’s journey to QB 1 hasn’t been without bumps. In the 2021 season, during A&M’s second game against Colorado, King was taken down by linebacker Guy Thomas. He landed awkwardly on his feet and was taken to the locker room.
Later in the game, he returned to the field on crutches and in a boot. After further evaluation by the Aggie training staff, it was determined that #13 had broken his right tibia. Haynes underwent surgery on September 12th following the game on the 11th.
When previously asked about Haynes King’s timeline for return to play, Coach Jimbo Fisher said, “I’m not a doctor and I’m not going to say. When you heal, you heal. When you’re healed, you’re healed. We would never play him before that.” After months of rehab and grit, the quarterback from Longview, Texas is back on the field.
While King is now appointed QB 1, it wasn’t a definite decision for Coach Fisher. Coming into camp, Fisher had three outstanding QB options for his starter this year; returner Haynes King, transfer Max Johnson and 5 star true freshman Connor Weigman. LSU Junior transfer Max Johnson gave King a run for his money as he came from another highly regarded SEC program. In the end, King’s knowledge of Coach Fisher’s offense and his notorious mobility earned him the spot.