The availability of experience in Auburn’s quarterback room has dwindled 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.
Justin Hokanson of Auburn Live first reported the news.
After starting 10 games at Texas A&M last year, Calzada transferred to Auburn in January, although he sat out all of spring practice while recovering from a shoulder issue. He was beaten out in preseason camp by TJ Finley for the starting job, and Oregon transfer Robby Ashford for the No. 2 spots. Calzada did not appear in Auburn’s first three games of the season.
On Tuesday, Auburn Undercover reported that Finley will miss at least Saturday’s game against Missouri with a shoulder injury of his own, suffered against Penn State. Ashford is expected to start, and sources told Auburn Undercover this week that true freshman Holden Geriner could also see some playing time.
When asked at his Monday press conference Monday whether Calzada is healthy enough to play and be available against Missouri, Harsin first quipped with “you know something I don’t?” before declaring the transfer quarterback and former SEC West starter is “competing like everybody else.”
Ashford led Auburn on its only touchdown drive in the fourth quarter in a 41-12 loss to Penn State, and is completing 51.7 percent of his passes on the year, with one touchdown and two picks. He’s also given the Tigers a dual-threat element in the ground game, currently second on the team with 158 yards