The availability of the Auburn quarterback room experience has dropped significantly this week.
Sources close to the situation informed Auburn Undercover on Thursday that the reserve quarterback Zach Calzada will undergo surgery later this month on his non-throwing shoulder and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2022 season. The Texas A&M transfer will seek a medical redshirt.
Auburn Live’s Justin Hokanson first reported the news.
After starting 10 games at Texas A&M last year, Calzada was transferred to Auburn in January, despite missing all spring training while recovering from a shoulder problem. He was beaten in pre-season camp by TJ Finley for the departure station and transfer to Oregon Robby Ashford for the No. 2 spot. Calzada did not appear in Auburn’s first three games of the season.
On Tuesday, the Auburn Undercover reported that Finley will miss at least Saturday’s game against Missouri due to his own shoulder injury, sustained against Penn State. Ashford is expected to start, and sources told Auburn Undercover this week that the real freshman Holden Geriner could also see playtime.
When asked during his Monday press conference if Calzada was healthy enough to play and be available against Missouri, Harsin first joked with “you know something I don’t?” before stating that the transfer quarterback and former SEC West starter is “competing like everyone else.”
Ashford led Auburn on their only fourth-quarter touchdown in a 41-12 loss to Penn State, and is completing 51.7% of his passes this year, with one touchdown and two picks. He also gave the Tigers a dual-threat element in the rushing game, currently second on the team with 158 yards.
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. Auburn Zach Calzada will undergo surgery misses stays season