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  10/10/21 - Zach CalzadarSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-3, 210 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  During a speaking engagement this spring Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher used colorful language to proclaim his team would beat Alabama during coach Nick Saban's career. He fulfilled that promise in his first try since that vow Saturday night, handing the defending national champions their first loss since 2019 in a thrilling upset. "Our team beat a really good football team...and that's what's important to me," Fisher said. Seth Small made a 28-yard field goal as time expired and Texas A&M stunned top-ranked Alabama 41-38 to end the Crimson Tide's winning streak at 19 games. The victory came on Fisher's 56th birthday and is certainly Texas A&M's biggest win since Fisher took over in 2018. "I didn't know what to get him, so we thought as a team that we should get a win for him," Small said. Alabama (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had scored 21 straight points - capped by a TD reception and 2-point conversion grab by Jameson Williams - to take a 38-31 lead with five minutes to go.

Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2) tied it at 38 when Zach Calzada connected with Ainias Smith for a 25-yard touchdown with three minutes left. Calzada was hit as he threw the strike and had to be helped off the field but returned for the next drive after a visit to the medical tent. Calzada returned after the Aggies forced a punt to orchestrate the winning drive, highlighted by a 17-yard pass to Isaiah Spiller before Small finished it off to send fans streaming onto the field to celebrate. "I'm proud of our guys," Fisher said. "We made plays at critical times." Calzada threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, as the former backup played like a star. Devon Achane returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD in the third quarter and A&M's defense got after Bryce Young all night. - Texas A&M/AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2024 QB Zach CalzadaTexas AM
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  09/21/21 - Nik ConstantinourSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-2, 230 (DS#2 P) + More +

  SEPT 20 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nik Constantinou, P, Texas A&M ,...The sophomore punter from Melbourne, Australia, punted four times for 182 yards and averaged 45.5 yards per punt and all four punts were killed inside the 20-yard line...His long was a 61-yard effort that was killed at the five-yard line...His next punt forced a fair catch at the Lobo eight-yard line...His third punt went out of bounds at the UNM 13-yard line and his final punt went 53 yards where it was killed at the New Mexico nine-yard line so three of his four punts were killed inside the 10-yard line. - SEC Football

(DS#2 P) rSo/2024 P Nik ConstantinouTexas AM
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  09/18/21 - Zach CalzadarSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-3, 210 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Zach Calzada threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to power No. 7 Texas A&M in a 34-0 rout of New Mexico on Saturday. The victory extends A&M's winning streak to 11 games and gives the Aggies a 3-0 start for the first time since opening the 2016 season with six consecutive wins. Calzada was thrust into the job last weekend against Colorado when Haynes King was injured on A&M's second possession. King had surgery this week to repair a broken right leg, leaving Calzada to run the offense.

Calzada looked more comfortable, and the Aggies moved the ball much better Saturday than they did last week while scoring just 10 points in a win over the Buffaloes. They eclipsed their total points from that game in the first six minutes of this one and built a 24-point lead by halftime. Terry Wilson, a transfer from Kentucky who had 559 yards passing in the first two games, threw for just 33 yards Saturday for New Mexico (2-1) while being hurried and harassed all day. He had an interception, was sacked four times and had three passes broken up by A&M's stingy defense. Texas A&M extended the lead to 21-0 when Isaiah Spiller shed three defenders on a 5-yard scoring run with about six minutes left in the second quarter. Spiller had 117 yards rushing to bounce back after running for just 20 yards last week. - Texas A&M Football/AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2024 QB Zach CalzadaTexas AM
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  09/14/21 - Jayden PeevyrSr/2022, Texas AM, 6-5, 315 (DS#10 DT) + More +

  SEPT 13 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jayden Peevy, DL, Texas A&M ,...The super senior from Bellaire, Texas, was second on the team with seven stops up front including five solo tackles....He had two tackles for losses of six yards and broke up one pass. He also intercepted a pass in the first quarter...The Aggie defense would come up with a goal-line stand in the second quarter after Colorado reached the five-yard lined and faced a third-and-two...The defense allowed one yard on third down but stuffed the fourth-down attempt with Peevy being involved on the stop on both third and fourth downs. - SEC Football

(DS#10 DT) rSr/2022 DT Jayden PeevyTexas AM
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  09/11/21 - Zach CalzadarSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-3, 210 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Freshman quarterback Haynes King's backup started out slowly, finished precious few drives and even fumbled the football a whisker from the goal line. Sophomore Zach Calzada came up clutch in the end, though, throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to running back Isaiah Spiller with 2:41 remaining to help fifth-ranked Texas A&M edge Colorado 10-7 Saturday. "The one thing you can say he made the plays on those drives that mattered, right there at the end," Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said. And Fisher didn't want to hear about how his Aggies should have walloped the Buffaloes, either. "First and foremost, Colorado played a heck of a football game. We got a very good football team," Fisher said. "They were a lot of the reason why we had issues today. We can sit here and say we blame it on ourselves, but they did a really, really good job, physically and schematically. "We were fortunate to come out of that one." Unbeaten if not unscathed.

Spiller's TD gave the Aggies (2-0) their first lead on a day in which they lost their star freshman starting quarterback to a lower right leg injury and eight of their first nine drives were three-and-outs. Colorado's hopes of an upset over the 17-point favorite Aggies ended when Brendon Lewis' pass to Dimitri Stanley on fourth-and-13 from his 22 covered just 12 yards before he was smothered by a bevy of defenders. "It gives us an identity," Spiller said of the hard-fought victory. "It was our first adversity game, it was a great challenge for us." Maybe it'll give the Buffs an identity, too. - Texas A&M/AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSo/2024 QB Zach CalzadaTexas AM
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  09/06/21 - Kenyon GreenJr/2023, Texas AM, 6-4, 325 (DS#1 OG) + More +

  SEPT 6 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Kenyon Green, OL, Texas AM,...The lone returning starter on the offensive front, the All-American offensive lineman made his first start at right tackle and helped pave the way for a net of 303 rushing yards and protected the quarterback on 33 passes...The Aggies did not punt during the game and the offensive unit was successful on nine of 13 third-down conversion attempts. - SEC Football

(DS#1 OG) Jr/2023 OG Kenyon GreenTexas AM
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  09/05/21 - Leon ONeal Jr.Sr/2022, Texas AM, 6-0, 210 (DS#6 SS) + More +

  After slogging through an uninspired first half, Texas A&M needed a spark to get going. The Aggies found it in Leon O'Neal Jr., whose 85-yard interception return for a touchdown helped sixth-ranked Texas A&M pull away in 41-10 win over Kent State on Saturday night. "He's an Energizer Bunny," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "You've got to have that guy. He's a big part of what we do." O'Neal had two interceptions, with the first coming just before halftime when he picked off Dustin Crum's pass in the end zone. With about eight minutes left in the third, O'Neal jumped in front of a receiver for his second pick. He weaved around a couple of Kent State players and dashed untouched for the score, capping the play by diving into the end zone to make it 20-3. "When he got that pick, it lit up the whole sideline. It lit up the whole stadium," receiver Ainias Smith said. "I was like: ‘Thanks Leon, we needed that.'" O'Neal choked up when recounting his score and thanking the teammates who blocked for him. "We always talk about Pick-6's, touchdowns, stuff like that," he said. "Now that it's come to fruition, it's a big milestone for us as a DB group." - Texas AM/AP College Football

(DS#6 SS) Sr/2022 SS Leon ONeal Jr.Texas AM
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  09/01/21 - Haynes KingrFr/2025, Texas AM, 6-2, 200 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Haynes King hasn't taken a snap as Texas A&M's starting quarterback, but he's already in good company. "I'd hate to say it, but if I were coaching Joe Montana or Tom Brady, I'd still be nervous," A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher said. Kellen Mond was Fisher's starting quarterback for his first 36 games in Aggieland. Fisher said he worried about Mond's first game as his quarterback and basically every other one, especially season openers. "No matter what, those first games there's always those jitters, there's always those concerns," Fisher said. "You want to dot your i's and cross your t's as a coach to make sure you've done everything possible to put him in the best position to be successful." King and the team have put in the work and are well prepared, Fisher said.

King and A&M have all the ingredients to be a winning combination from the get-go. King is talented dual quarterback and he's surrounded by 15 returning starters, including four preseason All-Americans. King was named the starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener against Kent State because of consistency, not his ability to make plays with his legs. "It was his pocket presence and his ability to throw the ball accurately," Fisher said at Monday's press conference. "I'm still a firm believer in decision making and accuracy is how you play great football." - Bryan/College Station Eagle


(DS#15 QB) rFr/2025 QB Haynes KingTexas AM
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  08/27/21 - Haynes KingrFr/2025, Texas AM, 6-2, 200 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Freshman quarterback Haynes King will lead the Aggie offense in Texas A&M's home opener against Kent State, head coach Jimbo Fisher told ESPN 97.5 Wednesday. "Right now, Haynes will be our starter and Zach [Calzada] will be the backup, right now," Fisher said on "The Bench" morning show. "We had a great talk yesterday. I feel very comfortable with both guys. I think both guys can win and play well. I think both guys had an outstanding camp and this is the criteria of how we went through things." The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback is in his second season at A&M and saw action in two games last year. Once the Aggies' 52-24 loss to Alabama was out of hand, King made his college debut and connected on a 17-yard pass and rushed for a team-high 43 yards. He ended the drive with an interception in the end zone. His first career touchdown was to tight end Max Wright on a 45-yard crossing route in the Aggies' 48-3 win at South Carolina. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#15 QB) rFr/2025 QB Haynes KingTexas AM
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  08/22/21 - Aaron HansfordrSr/2022, Texas AM, 6-2, 240 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  Surprisingly, Hansford is not known for being verbal, though he received his degree in communication. "Everybody thinks leadership is vocal," A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "Leadership comes in many ways. It's how you affect your teammates. Is it vocal? Is it off the field? Is it on the field? Is it by example? You change behavior. You want people to play like you. You want people to play to your standards. So leadership comes in a lot of different ways." Hansford has put in the work to become a team leader. "Aaron has become more vocal, but his [leadership] is more, I think, by example and how hard he plays and the type of athlete he is," Fisher said.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Hansford is looking to build on a solid season he had in Johnson's shadow. Hansford had 49 tackles last season at weakside linebacker to rank second on the team to Johnson's 86. Hansford played in all 10 games, with nine starts. Hansford could have tried to make an NFL roster this season, but opted to return for a second senior season, which will be his sixth overall in Aggieland. Hansford is among nine returning starters on a defense that ranked ninth in the country last season in total defense, allowing only 317.3 yards per game. - Bryan/College Station Eagle


(DS#6 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Aaron HansfordTexas AM
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  08/21/21 - Hezekiah JonesrSr/2022, Texas AM, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Texas A&M wide receiver Hezekiah Jones suffered a shoulder injury during fall camp, head coach Jimbo Fisher said. Jones was sidelined at Thursday's practice with his right arm in a sling. "He banged his shoulder," Fisher said. "Just fell on one during a pass. Just fell on his shoulder and banged it up. We're thinking in a little bit of time he'll be back. I don't know exactly, but shouldn't be [a] long, long time." Jones played in six games last season after returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon, which he suffered during fall camp of 2019. In those six games, he caught 18 passes for 178 yards, a part of 35 total receptions and 325 yards he's had in three seasons with the Aggies. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR Hezekiah JonesTexas AM
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  08/10/21 - McKinnley JacksonSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-2, 325 (DS#14 DT) + More +

  Texas A&M sophomore defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson was arrested Friday on drug charges, including a second-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance, according to Brazos County jail records. He was released from the Brazos County Jail later Friday after posting $22,000 bail. In addition to the felony charge, in which Jackson was accused of having between four and 200 grams of a controlled substance, he faces a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. Jail records indicate the charges were from April 7; it wasn't immediately clear why Jackson wasn't charged until Friday. The marijuana charge is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. The second-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Jackson has been suspended form athletics activities, per department policy, according to a program spokesperson. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#14 DT) So/2024 DT McKinnley JacksonTexas AM
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  08/01/21 - Ainias SmithJr/2023, Texas AM, 5-10, 190 (DS#18 WR) + More +

  Texas A&M running back Ainias Smith was named to the Hornung Award watch list announced Thursday by the Louisville Sport Commission. Smith led A&M in receiving yards (564) and touchdown catches (six) last season, while catching 43 passes. He also ran for 293 yards and four TDs on 49 carries and averaged 5 yards on 15 punt returns. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#18 WR) Jr/2023 WR Ainias SmithTexas AM
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  08/01/21 - Keldrick CarperrSr/2022, Texas AM, 6-2, 200 (DS#46 SS) + More +

  Texas A&M senior defensive back Keldrick Carper was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list Thursday. The Wuerffel Trophy honors community service. Carper is one of the founding members of The B.L.U.E.print - Black Leaders who Undertake Excellence, a student-athlete organization that provides leadership opportunities and a sense of community while empowering Black individuals to use their voice. He also serves as the organization's community relations coordinator. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#46 SS) rSr/2022 SS Keldrick CarperTexas AM
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  07/31/21 - Nik ConstantinourSo/2024, Texas AM, 6-2, 230 (DS#2 P) + More +

  Texas A&M sophomore Nik Constantinou was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list. Constantinou, who averaged 40.5 yards on 36 punts last season was among 34 named Wednesday to the watch list. Constantinou was a semifinalist last year for the award given annually to the nation's best punter. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

(DS#2 P) rSo/2024 P Nik ConstantinouTexas AM
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