One of the uncertainties surrounding Auburn football this season is the quarterback position.
Auburn lost Bo Nix to the transfer portal, leaving the door open for several players to take over the leading role. tj Finley will have the most experience working with Auburn’s offense, as he started the final three games of the 2021 season after Nix suffered an ankle injury against Mississippi State on Nov. 13.
Joining Finley in the quarterback battle is Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada, who made 10 starts during his sophomore season with the Aggies in 2021, where he completed 56% of his passes for 2,185 yards and 17 touchdowns. His most notable game was against Alabama on Oct. 9, where he threw for a career-high 285 yards and three touchdowns in Texas A&M’s 41-38 upset win over the Crimson Tide at Kyle Field.
Athlon Sports recently released their annual preseason magazine, where they took a deep dive into the quarterback rooms of the Southeastern Conference. With so much uncertainty at this point in the offseason, Athlon ranks Auburn’s QB room towards the bottom of the list, placing them at No. 12.
Athlon reveals their intentions behind giving Auburn the low ranking:
Auburn’s starting quarterback will be either T.J. Finley or Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada this season unless Oregon transfer Robby Ashford really impresses in August. Ashford had a couple notable scrimmages, but Finley is the more experienced option on the Plains and Calzada arrives with great intrigue after performing much of the 2021 campaign as Jimbo Fisher’s No. 1 following an early-season injury to Haynes King. After two quarterbacks left the program and entered the portal after the season, that left Bryan Harsin with a limited outlook before he picked up two signal callers in the aftermath.
Here is a look at where Athlon ranks the remaining SEC quarterback situations heading into the 2022 season: