For a true pitcher, the injury would normally require Tommy John surgery, plus a year’s worth of rehabilitation.
Instead, the Auburn commitment received good news from Dr. James Andrews, a well-known orthopedic surgeon and team doctor for Alabama, Auburn and the Washington Redskins.
Surgery was not necessary.
Queen, a rising senior for North Cobb who threw for 1,973 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, underwent a six-week rehabilitation program to strengthen his arm where he would throw the football three to four days a week.
Now he’s been cleared to compete in 7-on-7 tournaments and other summer workouts.
“He’s been progressing well,” North Cobb coach and father Shane Queen said. “He’s been released this weekend to throw more competitively and throw more passes. He’s been throwing more each day. About 12 weeks now, he’s been throwing with no pain and we’re blessed with that.”
As the No. 11 best profile quarterback in the nation, according to 247Sports Composite, much will be expected from the 2012 Class AAAAAA All-State quarterback this fall. But the younger Queen and the Warriors will need some new skill players around him for a chance to defend last season’s Region 4AAAAAA title.
This year’s spring practice was focused on addressing those needs.
The Warriors graduated J’Vonte Herrod, who rushed for 1,170 and 14 touchdowns and lost receiver and defensive back Cameron Albright, who signed with North Carolina.
North Cobb will also have to replace the highly regarded Latrell Gibbs at cornerback. Gibbs is heading to Appalachian State after tying for the Cobb County lead with six interceptions.
“We lost two Division I defensive backs and have a young secondary that we’re trying to bring along,” Shane Queen said. “We lost a couple on the defensive line. Replacing (Herrod) will be tough and have, and we have three or four battling for his spot, and I’m excited about their progress.”
Receiver Drew Techman had a solid spring and only be a rising sophomore. Deon Dodd is also competing for a wide receiver spot along with returning player Devin Granville, who had 292 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
North Cobb also took a hit at linebacker with Chad McClanahan and Jalil Kulu graduating, but Shane Queen spoke highly of Chandler Wooten, who had 63 tackles last season as a freshman, and Jai Bishop Gray as being anchors in the middle in the upcoming season. And after North Cobb’s JV and freshman teams posted winning seasons in the fall, the Warriors will have plenty of depth and quality options to fill the vacancies.
“There are guys that have had success at the lower level programs,” Queen said, “and we have big shoes to fill.”
North Cobb’s will be experienced up front with all five starters returning on the offensive line, and a couple on the defensive line.