Already a four-star prospect on Scout.com and the No. 18 ranked quarterback in the 2015 signee class, Queen was one of the reasons that Rice gave for his decision to go ahead and commit to the Tigers and for good reason. A terrific player and the son of a coach, Queen has all the intangibles to be a difference-maker down the road for Auburn offense.
Last weekend Queen got to see what a difference-maker looks like on the college level as Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall led the Tigers to their 10th win of the year in dramatic fashion. Hitting Ricardo Louis with a 73-yard touchdown pass on a deflected ball with less than a minute left, Marshall was at the center of one of the most memorable plays in Auburn history and Queen says it was something he'll never forget.
"I have played football for 13 years and I have never seen anything like it," Queen tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was just a great situation, circumstance-I don't even know how to describe it. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good in those types of situations. You put one up on fourth and 18 and gave him a chance. They made a great play and I'm just proud of the guys for sticking it in there and fighting through until the end."
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A frequent visitor to Auburn for games this season since choosing the Tigers over the summer, Queen says while he's loved his other trips to Jordan-Hare Stadium they all paled in comparison to what he saw for the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.
"It was like none other," Queen says. "That was the first big-time game I have been to at Auburn. Just to see the atmosphere gets me really excited to come back. When he caught it at the end the place just erupted."
In addition to Queen and Rice, Auburn had plenty of top names in attendance last weekend such as five-star commitments Racean Thomas and Tre Williams, five-star defender Rashaan Evans from Auburn High, as well as five-star 2015 defensive tackle Trenton Thompson. Also in was four-star defensive end Andrew Williams, one of the top players left on Auburn's board. Queen says an atmosphere like the one they witnessed can do nothing but help down the road.
"There were a bunch of big names there because Georgia is in a lot of recruiting battles with the coaches," Queen says. "That may help swing some guys coming this way. It was just a huge day."
While he's planning on being back in two Saturdays when Auburn takes on rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Queen has more urgent things on his mind at the moment. Leading his team to its first region title since 2007 and just the fourth in school history, Queen and the Warriors got the playoffs started in grand fashion last Friday with a 60-18 pummeling of Luella.
Throwing for 190 yards and a score while adding 83 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just nine carries, Queen is looking to lead his team to a state title after reaching the semifinals last year. One big step towards that comes this Friday night against a very tough opponent.
"We've got a huge game coming up against Colquitt County," he says. "They are big and fast and physical. It's just going to be a big test for us. Hopefully, we can pull it off and keep the momentum going into the (Georgia) Dome."