2. Can Conner Weigman be “the guy”?
Fans were begging to see freshman Conner Weigman take the field last season, and when he finally got his opportunity he did not disappoint. Weigman debuted against South Carolina, completing 8-of-15 passes for 91 yards but really made his mark a week later against Ole Miss, his first career start.
Against the Rebels, Weigman threw for a Texas A&M true freshman record 338 yards on 28-of-44 passing with four touchdown passes. There wasn’t another game as statistically impressive down the stretch, but he did lead the team to an upset win over LSU, further making his case to be the future of the program at its most important position. How far can he take the Aggies in 2023?
Some offensive innovators can turn smoke and mirrors into points, but it’s always better to have a quarterback. Petrino looked like an offensive genius when Lamar Jackson was taking snaps for him at Louisville. Weigman doesn’t have to be a Heisman frontrunner for this offense to go, but he’s going to bear just as much of the burden as Petrino.
Weigman is a former blue-chip recruit with plenty of talent who has a year of learning under his belt. If he takes the next step and becomes an upper-tier quarterback in the conference, Texas A&M can skyrocket back toward the top of the SEC.
If he doesn’t the quarterback roulette will continue. All signs thus far point to Weigman being the real deal, but this is his first offseason as “the guy”. To some degree, he’s still got to prove it.