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Auburn QB Tyler Queen announces he's transferring

Auburn quarterback Tyler Queen at spring practice on April 5, 2016.
Auburn quarterback Tyler Queen at spring practice on April 5, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

AUBURN, Ala. Auburn quarterback Tyler Queen didn’t return to the practice field with his teammates on their first day back from spring back.

Queen announced Tuesday morning on Twitter his plans to transfer.

“I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the best fans in college football,” Queen tweeted. “I want to thank the coaches for the opportunity to be a student-athlete here at Auburn. Although I’ve had a great 2 ½ years here, I feel like I haven’t had a chance to show the player I am capable of being.”

Queen spent much of his time on campus dealing with shoulder injuries.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced the then-freshman would miss the 2015 season with a procedure similar Tommy John surgery. His comeback was cut short in the spring when he separated his right shoulder during a scrimmage, which ultimately required another surgical procedure.

Queen was limited for much of fall camp and didn’t factor into the team’s quarterback competition.

The quarterback did get on the field for a handful of snaps in a 55-0 win over Alabama A&M late in the season. He didn’t record any passing statistics, but did carry the ball one time for 11 yards.

Queen was healthy this spring, but was buried on the team’s lengthy depth chart at quarterback behind Sean White, Jarrett Stidham, Woody Barrett and Malik Willis.

Malzahn discussed Queen’s decision after practice Tuesday.

“He asked for his release and we granted that,” Malzahn said. “We wish him nothing but the best. He’s a fine young man. In fairness to him, he’s been banged up and not been healthy a whole lot since he’s been here.”

Queen came to Auburn out of North Cobb High School outside of Atlanta, Georgia where his father Shane Queen is the program’s head coach.

Michael Niziolek: 334-332-8572, @wareagleextra