How Can Zach Calzada Improve Against Alabama?

Zach Calzada heads into his fourth start needing to make improvements

Texas A&M has struggled terribly this season and has not lived up to expectations. The defense, which was considered a strength, has also suffered in recent two weeks.

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The offensive issues are largely tied to inexperience on the line. The guys up front have been outmatched often, even against three-man rushes, which has put more pressure on quarterback Zach Calzada.

Some of the blame also needs to be put on the shoulders of Calzada. The former backup is 109th (out of 130) in Pro Football Focus' midseason quarterback rankings.

Calzada will make his fourth career start Saturday against college football current dynasty, as the Alabama Crimson Tide and Nick Saban visit Kyle Field.

Improved offensive line play should be the No. 1 priority for A&M, but even with proper blocking, quarterback play must be better, too.

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Maybe the biggest deficiency in Calzada's game is his accuracy . He stands at just 53.9 percent on the season. That's 112th nationally. 

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It's up to Calzada and the coaches to find answers. Quicker reads and releases, quicker-developing plays and shorter routes could all help. Less time in the pocket means less time being uncomfortable. 

Calzada isn't a much of running threat, but he does escape pressure well. He can also do that better. Calzada hasn't shown a willingness to scramble and has held the ball too long, resulting in sacks and lost plays. 

He did have a 26-yard touchdown scramble against Mississippi State last week. Being more decisive in knowing when to run and when to throw the ball away would benefit the Aggies against the defending national champs.

With no timetable for starter Haynes King's return, there's time for Calzada to improve. The Aggies would use it.

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