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.
All eyes appear to be on John Franklin III this spring at Auburn as he looks to gain an edge in the competition for the starting job over Jeremy Johnson and Sean White. All three will be expected to split reps during Auburn’s spring game on Saturday. One quarterback who will not be competing in the spring game will be Tyler Queen.
The redshirt freshman was injured in a scrimmage last week and it will force him to miss the remainder of Auburn’s spring practices, including the spring game. While he will be out for the rest of the spring, his outlook does not look too inhibiting in the long run.
“I think Tyler’s going to be OK long term,” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said, per Al.com. “He got dinged up in the scrimmage Saturday and fell on his AC (joint.) I don’t expect it to be anything that will require surgery, but he’ll be out for the rest of the spring.”
Queen underwent surgery last September for an UCL injury and was supposed to be limited in the spring anyway.
“I think he was getting better as spring went on. He wasn’t where he wanted to be, but he was getting better. Kind of a run of bad luck for him. It’s a different injury and hopefully not near as severe, but obviously for him, I know he’s disappointed. He was excited to get to play obviously last Saturday and hopefully this Saturday and show he was improving.”
As for the remaining three healthy passing options, Lashlee appears set to give each an equal share of the snaps running the offense.
“You’ll probably see all three of those guys some with each team and fairly even,” Lashlee said. “I haven’t for sure decided, but probably give a guy two series with this squad, two with this squad, rotate them just to try to balance it up and give them equal reps with the ones, equal reps with the twos.”
Auburn’s A-Day is scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at 4 pm ET. Coverage of Auburn’s spring game will be aired by SEC Network. Auburn will open the 2016 season at home on September 3 against defending ACC champion and national title runner-up Clemson.
The race to replace Nick Marshall as Auburn’s starting quarterback is officially open. With Auburn getting started with spring practices on Tuesday, head coach Gus Malzahn lit the green light on the competition for four candidates for the starting job in the fall; Jeremy Johnson, Jason Smith, Tyler Queen and Sean White.
Johnson is believed to be the leading candidate for the starting job when it comes time for Malzahn to make a decision, but the head coach told reporters on Tuesday all four quarterbacks will get close to equal reps this spring. Last season saw Johnson receive playing time in seven games, and he performed well in his back-up role. Johnson completed 27 of 38 pass attempts for 436 yards and three touchdowns without an interception thrown, and he rushed for another touchdown. It was Johnson that started the season for the Tigers as Marshall sat out for disciplinary reasons, but he never was given a chance to truly challenge Marshall for the starting job. This year is a different story as the veteran and trusted Marshall has moved on and the audition for the next starting quarterback is starting up.
“The first few days of spring you want to make sure when you’re installing the base offense you give these guys enough reps,” Malzahn told reports Tuesday, as reported by Al.com. “All four quarterbacks, including [junior college transfer] Jason Smith, will get “fairly equal” snaps.”
Malzahn has seemed very high on what Smith can bring to the table, but this still feels like Johnson’s job to lose. Malzahn also suggested there is no timetable for a decision to be made, and it might be possible Smith could be moved to a different position of need if he does not win a job under center.
In addition to addressing Auburn’s quarterback competition, Malzhan also confirmed some previously reported roster changes. Linebacker Anthony Swain and punter Jimmy Hutchinson were each reported to be off the roster last week, and Malzahn confirmed that today.