Auburn quarterback Zac Calzada hasn’t been on the field for three games this season, and it looks like that won’t change for the rest of the season. It is reported by Auburn Live on Thursday. that Calzada, a redshirt sophomore from Sugar Hill, Georgia, would undergo season-end surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and apply for a medical redshirt.
Calzada, who joined from Texas A&M, had 184 of 328 (56.1%) rushing for 2,185 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last season. He started the last 10 games of the season in place of Haynes King and threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns in a 41–38 win over Alabama on October 9, 2021.
This is not a new injury for Calzada. Ironically, he first injured his shoulder against Auburn on November 6 last year. This injury has forced him to make very limited appearances this spring for the Tigers under Brian Harsin. This second shoulder surgery is expected to take place soon to ensure Calzada is in full health when the Tigers hit the field in the spring of 2023.
The news that Calzada is injured doesn’t exactly shock Auburn, but the confirmation of his absence comes amid the quarterback’s huge uncertainty. Starter T.J. Finley, ironically, injured his shoulder last week in a 41-12 loss to Penn State. It was reported by AL.com on Wednesday. that Finlay’s injury would keep him out of Saturday’s home game against Missouri. Harsin approached redshirted freshman quarterback Robbie Ashford with a double threat to end the game. Ashford was in the quarterback rotation in all three games, throwing for 245 yards, throwing one touchdown, two interceptions and rushing for 158 yards.
Harsin dodged a question about his situation with the quarterback during an SEC coaches call Wednesday.
“We are working on who will be the best guy in every position,” Harsin said. “We talked about competition earlier in the week. Who will start instead of us? Let’s see”.
With Calzada reportedly eliminated and Finlay reportedly sidelined as well, Harsin could stay with Ashford and true 6ft 3in, 212lb freshman Holden Geriner in a depth chart that will not only be a pivotal game for the Auburn Tigers. » 2022, but to ensure the safety of Harsin’s work in the Plains moving forward.