Auburn, Ala.--Tyler Queen’s focus this fall will change from practicing as a backup quarterback to recovering from surgery.
The Auburn freshman has been shut down for the season after having surgery on his right elbow.
“It was something that has kind of been bothering him during fall camp with his elbow and we just felt strongly that we needed to go ahead and get that procedure done and get him back for spring,” Coach Gus Malzahn said on Tuesday.
“Jonathan Wallace will be the guy that will step up and play a little more quarterback, kind of like we talked about a couple of weeks ago,” Malzahn said.
Wallace, a senior who was the offensive captain for the opening game win vs. Louisville, will also continue to get work at wide receiver. The senior will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Jeremy Johnson and Sean White. The other healthy quarterback on the roster is walk-on Tucker Tuberville.
Wallace started four games at quarterback as a true freshman in 2012 and completed 46-80 passes for 720 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He hit 2-4 passes in 2013 for 24 yards and threw one pass last season, which he completed for a 17-yard gain.
Queen was an early graduate from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., where he passed for more than 8,500 yards with 89 touchdowns. The January enrollee at Auburn went into his senior season after having problems with the elbow, but managed to throw for 2,342 yards with 27 passing touchdowns and 10 more on the ground last fall.
Malzahn’s Tigers will return to action on Saturday with their home opener scheduled for 11 a.m. CDT vs. Jacksonville State. Johnson, who played quarterback the entire game, struggled on Saturday vs. Louisville with three interceptions.
"We've talked about it," Malzahn said. "Jeremy early on made some decisions that he would like to have back, but he will correct them."
Malzahn added, "I know he's ready to get back on that practice field and get better and get ready for this Saturday."