Sep 17, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback T.J. Finley (1) throws a pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Auburn QB T.J. Finley out for LSU game

Auburn quarterback T.J. Finley is expected to miss the Tigers’ home game on Saturday against LSU due to a shoulder injury, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

The junior also was sidelined last week as Auburn edged Missouri 17-14 in overtime.

Finley is dealing with a Grade 2 AC sprain to his right (throwing) shoulder, according to AL.com.

Robby Ashford replaced Finley in the second half on Sept. 17 as the Tigers fell 41-12 to then-No. 22 Penn State. Finley, a transfer from LSU in his second season at Auburn, started the first three games of the 2022 season, completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 431 yards and one touchdown with four interceptions.

In the victory over Missouri, Ashford was 12 of 18 for 127 yards while also producing 46 yards rushing and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Finley was active and in uniform for the Missouri game but didn’t see action.

Auburn coach Bryan Harsin said before practice on Wednesday regarding Finley, “He was out there with those guys yesterday. We’ll see how he goes today and what he looks like.”

Auburn’s depth at quarterback took another hit last week when Zach Calzada, a Texas A&M transfer, decided to have season-ending shoulder surgery, according to AL.com.

On Saturday, Auburn (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) will attempt to beat LSU (3-1, 1-0) for the third year in a row. That would be Auburn’s longest winning streak in the series since taking four in a row from 1989-94.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback T.J. Finley (1) is tackled by Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Daequan Hardy (25) during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Auburn QB T.J. Finley (shoulder) out vs. Mizzou

Auburn starting quarterback T.J. Finley will miss the Tigers’ SEC opener against Missouri on Saturday due to a shoulder injury, AL.com and On3 reported Tuesday.

Finley completed 11 of 19 passes for 152 yards with one interception last Saturday when the Tigers lost to then-No. 22 Penn State, 41-12.

Robby Ashford replaced Finley for most of the second half, though coach Bryan Harsin told reporters at the time that Finley’s shoulder injury had not “impacted too much of the decision” to sub in Ashford.

Both Finley and Ashford were under constant duress in the loss, as Penn State finished the game with six sacks and nine quarterback hurries.

Auburn (2-1) is likely to start either Ashford or Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada against Missouri.

Finley, in his second season with Auburn, has gone 33 for 53 for 431 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions through three games this season.

–Field Level Media

Apr 17, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers quarterback TJ Finley (11) warms up with LSU Tigers quarterback Garrett Nussmeier (5) on the sidelines during the first half of the annual Purple and White spring game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ex-LSU QB TJ Finley transfers to Auburn

Former LSU quarterback TJ Finley has decided to transfer to Auburn, according to published reports on Monday.

Finley reportedly chose the Tigers over Penn State, Houston and Alabama.

“It was the best situation for me as a quarterback,” Finley told Auburn Undercover and 247Sports.

Finley chose to depart LSU after spring drills ended with him as No. 3 on the depth chart. He entered the transfer portal earlier this month.

The 6-foot-6 Finley started five games last season as a true freshman and passed for 941 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. LSU went 2-3 in his starts.

Auburn returns junior Bo Nix, who passed for 4,957 yards, 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in two seasons as a starter.

Auburn also has a new head coach in Bryan Harsin and offensive coordinator in Mike Bobo, so there may be more opportunity for competition with a new staff dissecting everything.

“I love them,” Finley said of Harsin and Bobo. “They’re fired-up guys. Guys that want to win and will do anything to win. I like their system. I knew what to expect from the coaches recruiting me, the things they say. I know what they say when they really want me and what they say when they really just want to add depth. The new coaching staff at Auburn is looking to establish what they want to bring to the SEC.”

–Field Level Media

Aug 17, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States; LSU Tigers quarterback TJ Finley (11) during practice at Football Operations Center. Mandatory Credit: LSU Athletics/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

QB Finley to start for LSU

Freshman quarterback TJ Finley will start for LSU on Saturday against visiting South Carolina as Myles Brennan continues to recover from injury.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Thursday that he intends for another freshman, Max Johnson, to take some snaps. He is the son of Brad Johnson, who quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship following the 2002 season.

“It could have been a flip of the coin,” Orgeron said of his decision between the freshmen.

Brennan, a redshirt junior who took over for Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, continues to recover from the lingering effects of a hit he took on a play near the end of the first half of the Tigers’ loss to Missouri on Oct. 10.

Brennan stayed in the game and was 29-of-48 passing for 430 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-41 loss for the defending national champions (1-2). The Tigers were off last weekend when their game against Florida was postponed because of outbreak of COVID-19 among the Gators.

He has 1,112 passing yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.

The 6-foot-6 Finley, from Ponchatoula, La., was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2020, according to the 247Sports composite.

Johnson played his high school football at Oconee County High in Watkinsville, Ga. The 6-5 Johnson was listed as a four-star recruit.

–Field Level Media