Reports: Max Johnson sustained a broken bone in his throwing hand, may miss remainder of 2022 season

Reports: Aggies Quarterback Max Johnson out multiple weeks with a broken bone in his throwing hands.

Aggie football fans have been on high alert since the Mississippi State game last week, awaiting news of the extent of the injury sustained by starting quarterback Max Johnson and how long he would be out.

Johnson took over as the starter for Texas A&M in week 3 following the teams’ upset loss at the hands of Appalachian State, in which Haynes King, who began the year as the starter, never appeared comfortable.

In the Aggies second loss of the year, Johnson hit his throwing hand on the helmet of a Bulldogs defender and left the game due to injury, he threw some on the sideline in attempt to come back, but was in obvious pain.

On Thursday, reports surfaced highlighting the reason for the pain and the visible frustration on Johnson’s face.

According to Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN Radio in Dallas, Johnson suffered a broken bone in his hand, and will miss multiple weeks, with the possibility that we have seen the last of Johnson for the 2022 season.

On a personal note, this is rough news for Johnson who transferred to A&M for the 2022 season with hopes of quarterbacking this team, and we hope he recovers well.

On a football note, this means that Haynes King will almost certainly get another shot as the starter, however this atmosphere will be much less kind than the one in Kyle Field the last time he started a game.

This could also mean we are one step closer to seeing freshman Connor Weigman get his opportunity.

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ESPN’s Ryan Mcgee lists Texas A&M in the “College Football Bottom 10”

ESPN’s Ryan Mcgee lists Texas A&M in the “College Football Bottom 10”

The hits keep on coming for the 2022 Texas A&M Aggies, as the team is sitting at a disappointing 3-2 on the season, and are now two days away from their primetime matchup vs. the No.1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

Going into the game, multiple unknowns continue to linger around the Aggies, after their uninspiring 42-24 road loss to Mississippi State last Saturday afternoon, the team is in desperate need of answers on both sides of the ball, and facing a Tide team looking for revenge after last season’s upset loss does not make things any easier.

On a slightly more humorous note, ESPN writer Ryan Mcgee, famous for his annual “College Football Bottom 10” listed Texas A&M 5th on his list, coining them as “The 13th Man” while stating

Jimbo Fisher is slated to make $90 million over the next 10 years. In related news, $90 million was also the reported production budget for 2019’s movie version of “Cats.”

Laughter is truly the best remedy, and let’s be honest, the Aggies are dealing with so many problems right now, all you can do is laugh sometimes.

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5 things to know before Texas A&M vs. Alabama

5 things to know before Texas A&M vs. Alabama

Think back to early May, as Jimbo Fisher went on one an epic rant after Alabama head coach Nick Saban accused the Aggies head coach of “buying players” after the program signed the No.1 recruiting class in the country during the 2022 recruiting cycle. In the aftermath, every media member in the country had October 8th circled on their calendars as the potential “game of the year” as both head coaches looked to take their personal frustrations out on the gridiron.

Well, as we’re now only a couple of days away from the game, Texas A&M sits at 3-2 on the season, coming off of their embarrassing 42-24 loss to Mississippi State last Saturday, while Alabama is right where they’re supposed to be, ranked No.1 in the land, and 5-0 on the season after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 49-26.

As the media has seemingly given the contest backseat treatment due to Texas A&M’s failure to yet again live up to preseason expectations so far this season, that doesn’t mean that the matchup has lost its importance, especially for an Aggie squad that is looking for any type of positive spark to help them get back on track with seven games left in the season.

To further prepare you for the showdown with Alabama this weekend, here are 5 things that Aggie fans should pay attention to ahead of 7:00 PM Saturday night.

Aggies look to take down No. 1 Alabama for second consecutive season

Aggies look to take down No. 1 Alabama for second consecutive season

On Saturday night, the Aggies will look to upset No. 1 Alabama for the second consecutive season.

The history between these two programs began in January 1942 when they stepped on the gridiron for the first time, in Dallas, TX, and the Aggies were defeated by a score of 29-21. Until the 2000’s, the Aggies and Crimson Tide played three other times – January 1968, September 1985 and December 1988 – with the Aggies’ single victory coming from their January 1968 match-up (20-16).

Since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, they hold a record of 2-8 versus the Crimson Tide with their two bookend victories coming in 2012 and 2021. In 2012, “Johnny Football” won a tightly contested contest, 29-24, and lit-up the box score with 253 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and 107 yards on the ground. He defeated a talented Alabama team lead by AJ McCarron, Eddie Lacy, and Amari Cooper, to name a few.

This past season, Zach Calzada defeated Bryce Young, at Kyle Field, in an exciting shoot-out, 41-38, in which a strong first quarter (17-7 Aggies) helped hold off Alabama’s 28-point second half. Calzada threw for 285 yards, three passing touchdowns and one interception. Bryce Young threw for 369 yards, three passing touchdowns and one interception, and the Crimson Tide rushed for 179 yards. The Aggies drove the field in the final two-minutes of the game to get in range for a 28-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired.

The Aggies will look to play spoiler, once again, following a disappointing effort this past Saturday.

The Aggies play No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, 7:00PM CT, at Bryant-Benny Stadium.

5 things we learned from Texas A&M’s 42-24 loss to Mississippi State

5 things we learned from Texas A&M’s 42-24 loss to Mississippi State

Texas A&M (3-2) is on the outside looking in after five games played in the 2022 college football season, dropping their second game of the year against the Mississippi State Bulldogs 42-24 among a very loud (cowbells!), and very intimidating Davis Wade Stadium last Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies trailed 14-0 going into halftime after consistently stalling on offense, while missed opportunities on defense kept them from swinging any sort of momentum their way, while the problems continued to pile up throughout the rest of the game. After a Randy Bond 24-yard field goal, the Aggies began to find some offensive rhythm on their next possession, but after a second consecutive field goal attempt, the Bulldogs blocked the kick and returned it 50-yards for a touchdown to take a 21-3 lead, as the dam officially broke wide open, and the blowout proceeded. For the game, Devon Achane led the rushing attack with 16 carries for 111 yards, while Moose Muhammad III led the team in receiving with 6 receptions, 119 yards, and 1 touchdown.

On top of what is already an embarrassing defeat, The Aggies have dropped out of both the AP and USA TODAY Coaches poll rankings for the first time this season, mirroring their 2021 campaign almost exactly, as the team would lose their matchup against the Bulldogs, drop to 3-2, and face the No.1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide a week later (we all know how that game ended).

In preparation for their game against the newly named No.1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas A&M is once again looking to prove that they still have plenty to fight for this season.

Here are 5 things we learned from Texas A&M’s 42-24 loss to The Mississippi State Bulldogs last Saturday:

Texas A&M Player’s Press Conference: Week 6 quotes

Texas A&M Player’s press conference: Week 6 quotes

Week 5 of the 2022 college football season is in the books and Texas A&M is now facing the beast that is the 5-0 Alabama Crimson Tide, who are back at No.1 in both the AP and USA TODAY Coaches poll after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon.

On the other side, the Aggies fell to 3-2 after their disappointing 42-24 loss to Mississippi State in Starkville, continuing to show that their problems on offense are far from fixed, or even slightly mended, while youth and scheme issues on defense began to show its colors in the second half as the Bulldogs proceeded to dominate the Aggies in all three phases of the game.

On Monday, head coach Jimbo Fisher, along with a group of key players spoke to the local media just two days removed from the loss, explaining what went wrong, and previewing their highly publicized primetime matchup with Alabama.

Here are the most notable quotes from Fadil Diggs, Max Wright, and Antonio Johnson during Monday’s week 6 press conference.

Injury report ahead of Week 6 matchup against Alabama

Injury report ahead of Week 6 matchup against Alabama

Well, it’s officially Alabama week everyone, and with the now 3-2 Aggies reeling from their embarrassing 42-24 loss to Mississippi State among a packed Davis Wade Stadium, the No.1 ranked Crimson Tide are just the next opponent in line as head coach Jimbo Fisher is searching for answers for Saturday’s primetime showdown.

On Monday, during the team’s annual early week press conference, Fisher and a handful of players answered questions regarding the Mississippi State game while previewing Alabama. Fisher also gave a list of injury-based updates after Saturday’s physically enduring brawl.

First and foremost, an update on starting quarterback Max Johnson, who suffered a left-hand injury in the second half of the game on Saturday, Jimbo stated

“We’ll go day-to-day. He banged his hand. We’ll go day-to-day… We’ll get Haynes (King) and Conner (Weigman) ready to play if Max can’t go.”

Starting cornerback Jaylon Jones also suffered an injury on Saturday, and Jimbo noted that he is doing “fine” and is currently “day to day”.

Lastly, redshirt sophomore Offensive lineman Jordan Spasojevic-Moko, who was injured on Saturday, posted on social media that he had surgery Monday.

Obviously, this is not an all-exclusive injury report, as more information will be released later within the week as the team prepares to take on their biggest challenge yet this season.

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Texas spent HOW MUCH on Arch Manning’s official visit weekend?!

Texas spent HOW MUCH on Arch Manning’s official visit weekend?!

Everyone likes to talk about money when it comes to recruiting topics these days. Most of the time, that’s related to Name, Image, & Likeness. But sometimes we get a glimpse into the amounts the schools spend to entertain prospects on their official visits.

Thanks to Sam Khan from the Athletic, who filed an official records request, we got a peek into what the University of Texas spent on the June weekend when Arch Manning, and eight other recruits, including Malik Muhammad, and Sydir Mitchell.

This was [Manning’s] official visit to Texas, a designation that meant the school could roll out the red carpet for him, using its expansive resources to try to impress the most coveted quarterback recruit in decades. A luxury hotel. An open bar for parents. A smorgasbord of food and nonstop entertainment. Nine recruits, including Manning, received first-class treatment throughout their 48 hours in Austin, all paid for out of the school’s substantial recruiting budget.

According to receipts and expense invoices obtained by The Athletic via open records requests, Texas spent nearly $280,000 for the mid-June weekend.

Yep, over a quarter of a million dollars in a single weekend..

And people claim A&M is the only school using money buy players.

 

 

 

Aggies drop out of USA TODAY Coaches Poll, AP Poll rankings after 42-24 loss to Mississippi State

Aggies drop out of USA TODAY Coaches Poll, AP Poll after 42-24 loss to Mississippi State

Texas A&M is back in the same exact spot that they were last season as they enter the October schedule, dropping to 3-2 after losing to Mississippi State 42-24 in Starkville on Saturday afternoon (26-22 loss at Kyle Field in 2021), staying on road to travel to Tuscaloosa to face the newly named No.1 ranked (AP and USA TODAY Coaches poll) Alabama Crimson in a primetime battle that seems to have lost its luster after being hyped as the “game of the year” mere months ago.

As harsh realities relating to play-calling duties, and the youth-based mistakes in all three phases of the game will be widely discussed throughout the week as the team prepares to face the Tide, making incremental improvements instead of drastic changes needs to be the primary focus, combined with rebuilding confidence in a team that is very a mountain of adversity once again.

The only changes in the Top 5 for both polls were Georgia and Alabama swapping places from No.1 to No.2 after the Bulldogs come from behind 26-22 win on the road against the unranked Missouri Tigers, while Alabama dominated the Arkansas Razorbacks 49-26 in Fayetteville.

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Player’s post-game press conference: Week 5 quotes

Texas A&M Player’s post-game press conference: Week 5 quotes

Texas A&M fell to Mississippi State 42-24 in what was the ugliest performance I’ve personally witnessed under a Jimbo Fisher-led Aggie football team during his tenure, and yes, that includes their early season loss to Appalachian State.

What’s to blame? pretty much every aspect of the offense and defense to start, but the interior of the offensive line giving up pressure after pressure, and eventually resulting in a hand injury to starting quarterback Max Johnson in the second half certainly did not help to give the offensive any consistency throughout the matchup.

The defense had its moments, forcing a turnover in the 3rd quarter which eventually led to the Aggies cutting the lead to 21-10, but as the game progressed, what seemed to be a lack of effort, combined with numerous coverage busts made one of the more reliable defensive units in the county look completely inept by games end.

One of the few bright spots on the day was the play of sophomore wide receiver Moose Muhammad II, who taking over for the injured Ainias Smith led the team in receptions (6), receiving yards (119), and receiving touchdowns (1).

Texas A&M is 3-2, exactly where they were this time last year after losing to Mississippi State before facing Alabama and defeating the Tide in one of the biggest upsets in college football history. Going on the road against Alabama after being completely run over in Starkville? Good Luck.

After the game, head coach Jimbo Fisher and a group of key players spoke to the media about their loss to Mississippi State. Here are the most notable quotes from Demani Richardson, and Layden Robinson.