Queen, a senior, who committed to Auburn in the summer before his junior season, tore a ligament in his throwing elbow March 14 while he was pitching for the Warriors’ baseball team.
It’s an injury that would normally require Tommy John surgery.
The injury came after the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder threw for 2,172 yards and 22 touchdowns his junior year in leading the Warriors to the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs. He also rushed for an additional 500 yards and nine touchdowns.
Queen, the 2012 Class AAAAAA first-team all-state quarterback after throwing for 2,607 yards, running for 925 yards and producing a combined 43 touchdowns, met with Dr. James Andrews, a well-known orthopedic surgeon and team doctor for Alabama, Auburn and the Washington Redskins and was told surgery wasn’t required.
Following a six-week rehabilitation, Queen was cleared to partake in 7-on-7s and other summer workouts.
So far, Queen is showing no lingering effects.
“My elbow is back to 100 percent,” Queen said. “I’ve been able to do everything while participating in all the drills. I’ve also been more accurate and hopes it shows when we (scrimmage) Lassiter next Friday.”
Queen’s rehabilitation involved doing rubber-band type exercises and light weight training. He also went on a throwing program and would throw lightly for three to four days a week.
Queen and his teammates were active in 7-on-7 tournaments this summer. He was also named to the Cam Newton Foundation All-Star team that took a trip to Bradenton, Fla. to play in the IMG National 7-on-7 tournament.
While in Bradenton, Queen had a chance to get some advice from Newton, the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback to led Auburn to a national championship in 2010, on playing the game.
“He gave me some wise advice on staying track and keeping guys on their goals,” Queen said. “He said not to let anything effect that.”
Now, Queen is just looking ahead to the season. After guiding the Warriors to the state semifinals in 2012 and to a Region 4AAAAAA championship last season, he’s seeking a strong ending to his high school career.
North Cobb is having to replace running back J’Vonte Herrod and receiver/cornerback Cam Albright, but is speaking highly of the offensive players who are coming back. He’ll have receivers Deon Dodd and Devin Granville to throw to and arguably the strongest offensive line in front of him with all five starters coming back.
“We got more offensive starters coming back, which we haven’t had in a long time,” Queen said. “We also have a handful of running backs who can get the job done. We are stronger up front and I feel like we can be physical with any team in the region.”