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Auburn QB Zach Calzada undergoes shoulder surgery, end of season before transfer to Texas A&M, per report

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Auburn quarterback Zach Calzada has been off the field for three games this season, and it looks like that won’t change between now and the end of the season. Auburn Live reported Thursday that Calzada, a sophomore redshirt from Sugar Hill, Georgia, will undergo season-ending surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and request a medical redshirt.

Calzada, a Texas A&M transfer, 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, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns in the 41-38 win over Alabama on October 9, 2021.

This is not a new injury for Calzada. He initially injured the shoulder, ironically, against Auburn on November 6 last year. That injury forced him to very limited action for Bryan Harsin’s Tigers this spring. This second shoulder surgery is expected to take place soon so that Calzada will be fully healthy when the Tigers take the field in the spring of 2023.

The news that Calzada is injured doesn’t exactly come as a shock to Auburn, but confirmation of his absence comes amid massive uncertainty at the quarterback. Starter TJ Finley ironically injured his shoulder last week in the 41-12 loss to Penn State. AL.com reported Wednesday that Finley’s injury will keep him out of Saturday’s home game against Missouri. Harsin turned to redshirt freshman dual-threat quarterback Robby Ashford to finish the game. Ashford has seen action in the quarterback rotation in all three games, throwing 245 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and rushing 158 yards.

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Harsin dodged the question about his quarterback situation during his turn on Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference.

“We are figuring out who will be the man in each position,” Harsin said:. “We were talking about competition earlier this week. Who will start for us? We’ll see.”

With Calzada reportedly out and Finley also reportedly sidelined, Harsin could be left with Ashford and 6-foot-3, 212-pound true freshman Holden Geriner on the depth chart in what will not only be a crucial game for the Auburn Tigers of 2022, but for Harsin’s job security on the Plains moving forward.

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