Phillip's blog: Answers to FAQ

Questions, questions and more questions. Auburn fans, like fans of other schools, love to ask them. Today, I’ll do my best to answer some of those frequently asked.

Senior Editor Phillip Marshall

Who will be Auburn’s starting quarterback next season?

I believe Barrett Trotter has a slight edge, but Clint Moseley probably had the better spring. If that continues into preseason practice, Moseley might be the man. The one thing I feel most comfortable saying is that true freshman Kiehl Frazier won’t be the starter.

Is it a bad sign that neither Trotter nor Moseley emerged as the starter in the spring?

Not at all. I have a hard time understanding why so many say it is. Gus Malzahn’s track record says that whoever starts will put up big numbers.

Why has head basketball coach Tony Barbee not signed his contract?

The simple answer is that he and the Auburn administration are still trying to reach agreement on some aspects of the contract. I don’t believe it’s a big deal, but the longer he goes without signing it, the more you have to wonder.

Will Mike Dyer be a serious Heisman Trophy candidate?

He’ll be a candidate, but winning it would be a long shot. The list of top-notch running backs who’ll play in the SEC next season is a long one. For whatever reason, Alabama’s Trent Richardson and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore are getting more attention that Dyer.

When will the Cam Newton investigation be over?

Much to the chagrin of a lot of national types, for all intents and purposes it is over. The NCAA might never make an official announcement that it’s over, because there is no official investigation to end. But that ship has sailed. The real question is why NCAA president Mark Emmert’s repeated statements that there is no evidence Auburn or Newton did anything wrong are so consistently ignored.

When will Auburn be in position to contend for a national championship again?

I believe it could happen in 2012 and certainly by 2013.

Should Auburn be worried about the accusations the four former players made on HBO?

Anytime such statements are made, it’s a cause for concern. From what I’ve heard, there’s no documented evidence to support anything any of them said. I’d be surprised if anything serious comes of it, but I’ve been surprised before.

What are realistic expectations for the 2011 Auburn football team?

I can’t say a certain number of wins that would be enough for the season to be considered a success. There is much more talent on this team than a lot of people seem to believe, but it is mostly young and the schedule is brutal. I suspect the Auburn team that plays Alabama in the final game of the regular season will be much better than the one that plays Utah State in the opener. If that’s the case, the season will be a success.

What players could Auburn least afford to lose off next season’s football team?

Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen and tackles Brandon Mosley and A.J. Greene on offense. End Nosa Eguae and cornerback T’Sharvan Bell on defense.

That’s all for now.

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