"It's feeling really good right now," Queen tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm still just kind of taking it slow going into the first week. We had practice Friday and it felt really good. We have a 7-on-7 tournament this weekend, the weekend of Big Cat, and I'll be missing the first day because I'm going down to Auburn for Big Cat. I'll come back Sunday and play in that championship round. Then we're flying out on Sunday night to go to Columbus for the Elite 11 Regional at Ohio State."
Making it back on the field was a big goal for Queen heading into his senior season at North Cobb High. A leader for his team, not letting them down was one thing on his mind but being able to advance his skills as a player and get ready for life at Auburn was also something weighing heavily on his mind.
"It has been huge," Queen said of being able to thrown again. "Even though I'm already committed that doesn't make a difference to me. I'm trying to get ready for the next level. If I would have had surgery it would have meant I would have been forced to sit out this whole season. That would have been devastating because I wouldn't have been able to get that work in. Now I get to come back and play and work to get better for the next level."
Before he hits the field this weekend he will first make a trip to the Plains to be part of Auburn's annual Big Cat recruiting weekend. A time when players and their families get together with the coaching staff to learn more about each other and build a stronger bond, Queen said he's not really sure what to expect other than fun.
"I'm really excited," he said about Big Cat. "I have heard a lot of different things from the guys from last year. They said it was fun. I'm just really excited to get down there and visit with a couple of the guys we're still recruiting. Hopefully we can get a few more commitments this weekend."
With Auburn's recruiting class already off to a strong start, currently rated third in the country, the Tigers still have some need areas to fill between now and signing day in February. That is what Queen is focused on as he heads into this weekend.
"It has started off great but as people say it's a marathon not a sprint," Queen said. "We have to make sure we stay with the guys and that they stay committed so we can build on the defensive side. No matter how many points we put up we still have to stop them. We have to build up the defensive class as well. The coaches are off to a great start and my hat's off to them. We're just trying to stay on them and keep it running."
A leader for his team since he stepped foot on the field as a quarterback, Queen is now a senior and the unquestioned captain of his North Cobb team as it prepares for the 2014 season. Although he's always been one to take things over when his team needed him, the future Tiger said this time is going to be a little different and he can't wait to get it started.
"It's pretty overwhelming at times but you just have to realize it's something you've worked for all four years," Queen said of the leadership role. "You have been through pretty much everything a high school player can go through, been to the final four and won a region championship. You just have to relax and play football and do what we've been taught to do since we were four years old. It's fun to finally be the guy and the senior leader. It's going to be fun to see how the season goes. To know you've got one more chance to make a run at it, that's going to make every game that much more special."