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A-Day doesn't settle QB race

AUBURN – The defense got the best of things in Saturday’s A-Day game, winning 63-32 according to the scoring system devised by Auburn’s coaches.

Clint Moseley cuts loose during A-Day game/Todd Van Emst photo

But most in the crowd of 53,290 weren’t focused on the scoreboard. They were focused on junior Barrett Trotter and sophomore Clint Moseley, locked in a race to replace Heisman Trophy-winner Cam Newton as Auburn’s starting quarterback.

In a scrimmage coaches called “vanilla” on both sides of the ball, Trotter completed 6-of-12 passes for 120 yards and the game’s only touchdown, a 19-yarder to Philip Lutzenkirchen on the first drive of the game. Moseley completed 9-of-15 for 82 yards.

When it was over, head coach Gene Chizik left little room for doubt that the race will go into preseason practice next August.

“I think they are very similar right now in nature,” Chizik said. “The thing that stands out the most looking back over 14 days is the inconsistency. Obviously, we are trying to find somebody that can manage the game and manage the team and protect the football. They both do that fairly well.

“There were some open balls today we missed. They both have a very good feel for the offense. I don’t think that’s the issue. Overall, it’s the inconsistency.”

Asked if he expected the race to go into August, Chizik answered quickly.

“I do,” he said.

Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the quarterbacks were not in the best of situations Saturday, with frequent substitutions and a limited offensive package.

“When you are rotating a lot of people in and out, it’s hard to get a lot of rhythm,’ Malzahn said. “There were a couple of drives Barrett and Clint took us down there. There were times they moved the offense well. You kind of look at it altogether. Obviously, we’d like to get in the end zone more.”

Malzahn agreed there is no timetable for naming a starter.

“It’s like any other position,” Malzahn said. “Until we know 110 percent who gives us the best chance of winning, we won’t make the call.”

Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb, Auburn’s top two running backs, got just seven carries between them in Saturday’s game. Lutzenkirchen and two walk-ons – Cameron Groce and Dimitri Reese – caught four passes apiece.

The defense had six sacks, led by ends Dee Ford and Joel Bonomolo with two apiece. All that was required for a sack was for a quarterback to be touched with the ball in his hands. Bonomolo led in tackles with seven.

With Cody Parkey out with a minor injury, Chandler Brooks kicked field goals of 43, 41 and 48 yards with the wind behind him and missed from 44 and 47 yards into the wind.

Overall, Chizik said he was pleased as the Tigers look to their Monday’s final practice of the spring.

“They have really been focused and they have really tried to become better as individuals,” Chizik said, “which in turn makes us better as a team.”

  • From what I can tell both qb's look like they're gonna be great managers of the game Frazier will get a hard look but I think he will be redshirted to learn system in the end its Trotters to loose but that's a great problem for us to have ppl are giving us no respect I know we won't win it all but if I can recall we had an 8 win season before Cam came and we had less talent and the coaches got the best out of what they had so I say with more talent yes we will be young but we will be very competitive so I'm not gonna be surprised when we beat some teams that they think we shouldn't beat and I'm still trying to figure out why they are so high on Arkansas,well I know why cause they love Petrino but they are not impressive at all its gonna be an interesting year I must say because all the teams have some key players to replace except for Georgia and LSU if Jefferson starts we aren't the only ones that don't know what kind of play we are going to get from our quarterbacks I know they pump up the updykes but they have no clue either what Mcaaron can do he's never started a game either so as much as they love them TREE KILLERS they have questions to answer just like everyone else remember they said last year that the Nicktator would have them ready to play and they would win the championship even though they had to replace they're defense well we see how that worked out 3 losses so national media don't count your eggs before they hatch you don't just replace a Julio Jones and Trents sidekick Mark Ingram its gonna be interesting........WAR EAGLE!!!

    This post was edited by bigsimpd 3 years ago

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