Feb. 19, 2015
Auburn quarterback Tyler Queen ready to give it ago in spring practice
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Quarterback Tyler Queen knows what he's getting into as one of Auburn's eight early enrollees and a member of the new football signing class.
Hang on to your facemask, things are going to happen in a hurry when he opens up Gus Malzahn's playbook for spring practice.
"You know you're going to go fast. You know it's going to be an explosive offense to play in," Queen says. "Coach Malzahn's offense has been explosive everywhere he's been. He's won, and not only that, he's set records while doing it. He's going to put his players in the best position to win and the position to be successful."
Auburn's starting quarterback job is open with the departure of Nick Marshall. Incumbents Jeremy Johnson and Sean White figure to have a leg up on Queen and fellow new quarterback Jason Smith. Still, Queen says he's ready to give it go.
"I'm not saying I'm the guy, but you get a chance to battle with those guys and see how you compare with other guys on the roster, and that's a valuable thing for not only the athletic side of you, but the competitor side of you," Queen said.
Queen comes to Auburn with impressive stats from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga. He passed for 2,342 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, and threw for more than 8,500 yards and 89 touchdowns in his career. He was ranked as high as the top quarterback in Georgia.
He says he can pass, like Malzahn likes, and can run, and Malzahn likes that, too.
"Most sophomore year I rushed for 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns," Queen said. "Then there were a couple of years I was nicked and bruised and couldn't move as well."
So he threw for 89 touchdowns.
"I feel like I can compete with best of them in any given area. I can run it, and I can throw it," Queen said.
Malzahn said on signing day that Queen has run "a similar offense to what we do. He's very good with the read-zone. He's a very physical runner and has been committed to us for a long time."
Queen's spring plans are simple, to "just get out there and compete. It's a transition for anybody coming in their first year. They're saying just get ready to work
"I'll get my feet wet and see how it goes this spring."
Ah, the importance of arriving early.
"It's not only important from an athletic standpoint, but for academics," Queen said. "You get adjusted to the schedule without the chaos of the football season. You can get acclimated in a little bit calmer time."
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