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Weigman has potential to enter Heisman discussion this season

August 28, 2023
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Just 72 seconds into his Monday press conference, Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher named sophomore Conner Weigman the Aggies’ starting quarterback.

The announcement came as no surprise. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Weigman emerges as a Heisman Trophy candidate by November.

That might seem like a “Hail Mary” for a guy who has made only four starts and thrown for just 896 yards as a collegian.

Even guys as talented as Weigman need more time and growth to contend for the most acclaimed trophy in college football.

Well… that’s how it used to be. It’s become rather commonplace for relatively obscure players to surface in the Heisman discussions.

Need examples?

Johnny Manziel was largely an unknown redshirt freshman, but won the Heisman in 2012. The same for Jameis Winston in 2013.

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Weigman finished his freshman campaign with eight touchdowns and zero interceptions through four starts.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was a 100-to-1 long shot to win the Heisman in August of 2016. Of course, he won it in December of ’16.

Kyler Murray threw 21 passes in 2017 before winning the Heisman in 2018. There were no preseason odds on 2020 recipient DeVonta Smith. TCU quarterback Max Duggan, last year’s runner-up, could not be located on any preseason list of contenders.

Recent history indicates a rather obscure figure on a national scale will rise to prominence. Why not Weigman?

We saw hints of brilliance from him last season. He passed for 338 yards and four touchdowns against Ole Miss in his first career start. He threw a pair of touchdown passes in A&M’s 38-23 upset of LSU.

Overall, he threw for 896 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions.

He did that in a moribund offense, behind a suspect line and often without A&M’s best receivers. Ainias Smith was lost to injury well before Weigman played. Moose Muhammad did not play against Auburn. Evan Stewart did not play against Massachusetts.

Weigman figures to be in a much more advantageous position this year.

In 12 starts, last year’s numbers would increase to 2,688 yards and 24 touchdowns. But he could — arguably should — be much more productive than that.

Weigman should be considerably improved in his second season. Fisher expects him to be.

“I think now in the (second) year you really understand the offense a lot more,” Fisher said. “You’re able to help the running back, help the offensive line if they don’t get a call sometimes or a receiver. Sometimes they have questions.

“He knows he can play, so that kind of can go into your other players more. They can lean on him.”
- A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher on Weigman

“You can take a lot more of that load upon yourself as you grow in your offense and you know you can play. He knows he can play, so that kind of can go into your other players more. They can lean on him.

“Sometimes when you’re a freshmen like he was last year him trying to help other guys … you do it, but I’ve got to take care of your own. I’ve got to prove I can play out here.”

Weigman also figures to be better because the offense he’s directing should be much better.

Smith, Muhammad and Stewart form one of the potentially more explosive receiving corps in the country. Not only are they accomplished receivers, but all run extremely well after the catch.

Offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino will scheme to “feed the studs,” who can turn short passes into long gains. A 10-yard catch and a 40-yard run goes down as 50 yards of passing offense.

In 2010, Petrino’s Arkansas offense featured four receivers who combined for 170 catches, 2,890 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Not coincidentally, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett finished seventh in the Heisman voting.

If Smith, Muhammad, Stewart and Noah Thomas could duplicate those numbers, Weigman could get Heisman traction, especially if the Aggies are also contenders in the SEC West.

Of course, nowadays, quarterbacks are also expected to run.

Weigman flashed that ability with 97 rushing yards, primarily on scrambles. The Aggies have only gotten a glimpse of what he can do as a runner.

That will only produce more highlights. Heisman contenders always have a lot of highlights.

This isn’t meant to imply Weigman will win the Heisman or even be a finalist.

But with his ability, his receivers and Petrino’s influence don’t be surprised if Weigman gets in the discussion.


NOTES:

  • Fisher seemed to indicate third-year sophomore Trey Zuhn and true freshman Chase Bisontis will be the starting offensive tackles in the season opener against New Mexico.
  • Center Bryce Foster practiced all last week. Fisher did not say whether he was ready to start, but indicated he’d be comfortable with Mark Nabou or Remington Strickland starting there if necessary.
  • Fisher also expressed confidence in the linebackers, which was an area of concern last season: “They’ve had good camps. We’ve got good experience with Coop (Edgerrin Cooper) and Chris Russell. I think Martrell (Harris) has made tremendous strides in camp. The young guys have played real well. I think transfer JD Davis has really come on and really helped us.”
  •  Fisher particularly praised freshman Taurean York for his maturity for making defensive calls.
  • Receiver Ainias Smith said he expects to continue returning punts and maybe get some chances to return kickoffs.
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Weigman has potential to enter Heisman discussion this season

18,470 Views | 31 Replies | Last: 6 mo ago by TheBeagle90
bostonag03
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No Fatheree at tackle? Was that known or a surprise?
Mayor West
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Quote:

"I think now in the (second) year you really understand the offense a lot more," Fisher said.

BAS…isn't it a new offense?!
TAMU74
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I know that Connor has been named the starter. Congratulations to him
However, I would like to see Max get some playtime as well against New Mexico.
It never seems to work out this way but I think Max should be the qb at the start of the fourth quarter regardless what the situation might be.
I'll assume we will have a game well under control by that time.
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Recovering from injury
smucket
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Can we maybe give the kid a hot minute before we start throwing the H word around? Maybe 7 or 8 starts before we get giddy?
Jz
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Sponge
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Weigman has no shot with GT going 11-1 and King winning it.
Lake08
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A bit too early for Heisman talk…
one safe place
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"Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if Weigman emerges as a Heisman Trophy candidate by November.

That might seem like a "Hail Mary" for a guy who has made only four starts and thrown for just 896 yards as a collegian."

Ya think? lol. More than a little premature.
TxAg76
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I'm all for the KoolAid this time of year….

But that's ridiculous, OB
Maroon Flash
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Anybody got a depth chart?
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fieldtrailer
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Going to be tough without an SEC oline. It would be for any qb.
Aginnebraska
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I know Olin has a job to be a homer and write positive Aggie related content. But this just seems beyond ridiculous to write before the season even started…instead of talking Heisman, let's just hope for a great and memorable season.
Flavius Agximus
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At this point, would be happy with above average SEC QB play. Seems ridiculous even for us homers that love sugary koolade.
Divining Rod
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Mayor West said:

Quote:

"I think now in the (second) year you really understand the offense a lot more," Fisher said.

BAS…isn't it a new offense?!
Well, yeah, the one Petrino is putting in. But the real offense he's talking about, that will the one Weigman is running (again).
AgLaw02
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Olin says maybe Weigman could have a season like Johnny, but in the same article he says Foster still isn't healthy at center, and we are starting a true freshman at tackle…
Corn Pop
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Insane expectations. Seems like a lot of questions more than anything else.
Madmarttigan
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What a dumb ridiculous headline. Embarrassing to throw around articles like this already.
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JimAggie
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The blind faith that OB has is a joke. We still don't have a steady O-Line! Foster and Fatheree are STILL INJURED!

Weigman is going to be running for his life because for some reason, Jimbo doesn't have the ability to recruit offensive lineman.

Having great skill players means squat when there's no one there to block for them.
jimaggie
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Koolaide is in full flow lol

TX_Aggie37
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I just want to see him over 70% with 200+ yards and a couple TDs against New Mexico... leave the Heisman hope for later.

He has sick talent and sneaky good running ability though. If we catch lightning in a bottle it's not out of the question for him to finish top 10 in voting.
AgLaw02
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smucket said:

Can we maybe give the kid a hot minute before we start throwing the H word around? Maybe 7 or 8 starts before we get giddy?
Jz
Nonsense. He has a shot at being the greatest of all time. Maybe better.
rrtodds
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May Conner stay healthy and become wise.

Wow … Lovable Olin is getting hammered today!
P.U.T.U
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Weigman is a Heisman hopeful!

Same story, 2 starting OL may not be 100% on day one...again. True fish starting at RT
Cojack
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Look I hope he is a Heisman candidate, but I think this thread's getting a little ahead of itself and full of Kool Aid, let's focus more on winning games and if a Heisman develops out of winning games then good deal.
knoxtom
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Not saying either will happen, but it is way more likely that Wiegman is benched by game 5 than it is he wins the Heisman.

Fatheree was very very bad last year. He looks the part, but he sure didn't play the part last year. It is no surprise he was beat out.
Justice Beaver
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This will be a fun article to bump in late November.

This is why other fanbases laugh at us…Absolutely ludicrous take.
P.U.T.U
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Fatheree played well as a freshman but had all kinds of issues last year. After gaining weight I think he could not handle the extra pounds and injuries forced him to not have the same push as he did the year before.
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Can we at least wait until we know if this team is even worth a damn. Nobody gets serious Heisman consideration unless their team is in contention for a shot at a title.
AWP 97
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We should be hoping that he makes it through the season healthy and maybe makes a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd All-SEC team. I'll give the TA staff credit. They are consistent in writing some of the dumbest articles that I read all year.
Sagitariutt Jefferspin
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yeah he got potentiel to enter highsman race

he play qb
he need big numbers and we gotsta win all games
TheBeagle90
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Agree with Olin--as usual.
https://thebeagledotcom.wordpress.com/2023/08/28/twelve-reasons-the-aggies-will-make-the-cfp-this-year/
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