Reports: Texas A&M starts QB Max Johnson instead of Haynes King vs. Miami


Texas A&M is reportedly making a change at quarterback ahead of Miami’s week 3 visit Saturday night.

Haynes King started the first two games of the season for the No. 24 Aggies, but will be replaced by LSU transfer Max Johnson against the No. 13 Hurricanes according to multiple reports. Johnson, the son of former NFL QB Brad Johnson, transferred to A&M after the 2021 season amid wholesale changes at LSU. He lost to King in the Aggies’ offseason QB competition.

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That meant that for the second season in a row, King started the season as the top QB of the Aggies. But he struggled immensely in A&M’s 17-14 loss to Appalachian State. King was 13-of-20 for 97 yards, as the Aggies had less than 200 yards of total offense. A&M was 2-of-8 on third downs and had the ball just over 18 minutes when Appalachian State successfully played keep away to shorten the game.

A season ago, King started the first two games of the Aggies before not appearing in another game for the remainder of the season due to injury. King suffered a lower leg injury in the second game of the season against Colorado and was replaced by Zach Calzada. He transferred to Auburn at the end of the season.

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Johnson was 225-of-373 for 2,815 yards and 27 TDs with the Tigers a season ago. He threw more than 300 yards in the final two games of the 2021 season, including a 27-24 win over Texas A&M to qualify the LSU bowl. He was 22 of 38 and passed 306 yards and three TDs in that game and had no game with more than one interception all season.

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Johnson transferred to Texas A&M when his brother Jake signed with the Aggies as part of A&M’s No. 1 ranked 2022 recruiting class. Jake Johnson was a four-star recruit and number 4 in the country, according to Rivals.

Texas A&M will reportedly start Max Johnson as quarterback against Miami this week after Haynes King struggled last week. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)