Auburn QB Zach Calzada to undergo shoulder surgery, season-ending for Texas A&M transfer, according to report

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auburn calzada Auburn QB Zach Calzada to undergo shoulder surgery, season-ending for Texas A&M transfer, according to report

Auburn quarterback Zach Calzada hasn’t taken the field through three games this season, and it doesn’t look like that will change between now and the end of the season. Auburn Live reported Thursday Calzada, a redshirt sophomore from Sugar Hill, Georgia, underwent offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and will apply for a medical redshirt.

Calzada, a transfer from Texas A&M, was 184 of 328 (56.1%) for 2,185 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. He started the final 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. He initially injured his shoulder last year on Nov. 6 against Auburn. That injury relegated him to very limited action for Brian Harsin’s Tigers this spring. This second surgery on the shoulder is expected to take place soon enough to ensure Calzada is fully healthy when the Tigers take the field in the spring of 2023.

The news of Calzada’s injury didn’t come as a shock to Auburn, but his absence comes amid massive quarterback uncertainty. Starter DJ Finley injured his shoulder in last week’s 41-12 loss to Penn State. AL.com reported Wednesday Finley’s injury will keep him out of Saturday’s home game against Missouri. Harsin turned to redshirt freshman dual-threat quarterback Robbie Ashford to end the game. Ashford saw action in the quarterback rotation in all three games, rushing for 245 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and 158 yards.

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Harsin dodged a question about his quarterback situation on the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.

“We’re looking at who’s going to be the guy at every position.” Harsin said. “We talked about the match a week ago, who’s going to start for us? We’ll see.”

With Calzada reportedly out and Finley sidelined, Harsin Ashford and 6-foot-3, 212-pound true freshman Holden Geriner could be left with a depth chart that won’t be the only major play for the Auburn Tigers in 2022. But Harsin’s job security in the plains is moving forward.

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