Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was optimistic about wide receiver Kyle Davis returning to the team at some point this spring, but the tune has changed regarding his future. Malzahn is now saying Davis may be out for the remainder of Auburn’s spring practices due to personal reasons.
“Kyle Davis is still taking care of some personal business,” Malzahn said, according to SEC Country. “I’m not for sure if he’s going to be back before the end of the spring. He will be back for the fall, just taking a little bit longer than we initially thought.”
It was just a few weeks ago Malzahn said Davis was going to be out for the start of spring practices, which are now close to half over. For now, the plan is simply to have him return over the summer in preparation for the fall.
In the meantime, Malzahn confirmed John Franklin III is working primarily as a wide receiver, which had previously been suspected to be the case.
We don’t know yet who will be Auburn’s starting quarterback. We do, though, know who won’t be.
Tyler Queen took to his personal Twitter account this afternoon to announce that, “after a lot of prayer and discussion with my family,” he feels “it is time to transfer and explore other opportunities.” In his Twitter missive, the rising redshirt sophomore wrote that “I feel like I haven’t had a chance to show the player I’m capable of being.”
A three-star member of the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class, Queen was rated as the No. 15 pro-style quarterback in the country. Elbow surgery helped lead to a redshirt his true freshman season. He appeared in two games last season, completing one of his two passes for 11 yards.
Incumbent Sean White and Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham are viewed as the main contenders for the starting job, with the latter seen as the favorite by many. White is extremely limited this spring because of a broken forearm suffered in the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma, leading new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey to declare that a starter won’t be named exiting the 15 sessions.
Redshirt freshman Woody Barrett and early enrollee Malik Willis are on the periphery of the competition as well. John Franklin III would’ve been a part of the signal-calling gaggle but has been getting reps at wide receiver.
Having a quarterback who can do it all is a nice luxury to have. While much of the Auburn quarterback situation may be focusing on Jarrett Stidham and the news that John Franklin III is seeing reps at wide receiver this spring, it is Woody Barrett who is turning heads with his sense of self-confidence.
The redshirt freshman quarterback is making a good impression with his teammates with his mentality on the practice field. Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson respects the way Barrett is working hard this spring and explains the young quarterback seems to think eh can score at will.
“Woody gets out there, and, it’s funny, Woody literally believes he will score every play,” Johnson said, according to Al.com. “To a point, that’s what you got to love. That’s the same mentality I go in with every play. I love it. He’s got so much confidence that it gets scary sometimes.”
Now is a good time to have that kind of confidence in your game, especially as Auburn is in a position where it could benefit by having a solid quarterback option. Sean White is banged up this spring and Stidham is making the transition to his new program after fleeing Baylor. Franklin III is competing for playing time at quarterback as well in addition to getting some time to catch passes.
“He’s got a skill set, everybody knows he’s a great athlete,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said regarding Franklin, according to Gridiron Now. “It’s kinda hard to tell. He hasn’t gotten much, but we’ll give him an opportunity and his attitude is great. He’s wanting to help the team any way he can.”
Other quarterbacks hoping to impress in the spring include Tyler Queen and Malik Willis.
And now, the most interested you’ll ever be in a news item about a junior college football team.
Netflix has announced its future Emmy Award-winning (probably) documentary series “Last Chance U.” has been renewed for its second season. For the uninitiated, “Last Chance U.” follows junior college powerhouse East Mississippi Community College and the characters within through a season at the bottom of the college football totem pole.
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Greg Whiteley who has genuinely captured both the struggles and triumphs these young men face in a world that often seems designed to hold them back,” said Netflix VP of original documentary programming Lisa Nishimura said in a statement. “Coach Buddy Stephens, Academic Advisor Brittany Wagner and the entire team at EMCC have bravely opened their doors for the filmmakers to capture their real world as it unfolds. We eagerly anticipate having a front row seat as they continue to fight for their dreams in the coming season.”
The Lions went 8-1 last season but were disqualified from their attempt at a third straight national championship following a benches clearing brawl with Mississippi Delta last October.
Season 1 veteran John Franklin III is now amidst a quarterback derby for the starting job at Auburn, and fellow EMCC quarterback and “Last Chance U.” star Wyatt Roberts is now on the roster at Mississippi State. The Lions claim nine former players now on rosters in the NFL.
Auburn quarterback Tyler Queen is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery today, according to multiple reports.
Queen, a redshirt freshman, sat out of Auburn’s spring game due to a separated right shoulder injury. The surgery will reportedly be done by Dr. James Andrews and a full recovery is expected. He should also be expected to be available for the Tiger sin the fall if needed. This will be the second time Queen has gone through surgery. Last September Queen underwent surgery for an elbow injury, which was to limit his activity in the spring. Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said in the spring he expected Queen to be fine in the long term, which still appears to be the case.
Queen is not expected to play a pivotal role in Auburn’s offense this season anyway, so he will be given plenty of time to get back in playing shape with his shoulder. Listed as a fourth-striong quarterback, he would likely only be needed in the case of an emergency for Auburn in 2016. Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and John Franklin III are all considered in the running for the starting job to run Auburn’s offense this fall.