Auburn, Florida QB situations still up in air

Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he will settle on a starting

quarterback for the game at No. 1 LSU by Tuesday’s practice.

Barrett Trotter started the first six games for the No. 19

Tigers, but Clint Moseley took over in the second half of a 17-6

victory over Florida on Saturday night.

Chizik said he and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn would talk

again after Sunday evening’s practice.

”Obviously by the next time we practice (Tuesday), we’ll know

what we’re going to do,” Chizik said. ”We’re still going to talk

through it and evaluate it some more.”

Gators coach Will Muschamp is hoping his own quarterback issues

will be resolved with the return of starter John Brantley from an

ankle injury by the next game against Georgia in two weeks.

For Auburn (5-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), Moseley had been

0-for-2 passing this season before getting the call after halftime

against the Gators (4-3, 2-3). Trotter completed only two passes in

the first half, one for a touchdown, and ranks eighth in the league

in passing. He had already been splitting time with freshman Kiehl

Frazier, who plays the Wildcat role.

”I told him, `Man, I hope you do great,”’ Trotter said. ”I’m

glad we won the game.”

Moseley completed 4 of 7 passes for 90 yards in the second half,

a game high given both teams’ passing problems.

”The game was a little fast for me at first,” he said. ”I

wish I had a few plays back. I made too many mistakes for the

standards and expectations of the offense. But I feel like I gave

us a good opportunity of winning. I just did my job, which was the

biggest thing.”

He insisted he wasn’t fretting over the coaches’ pending

decision, but savored the possibility of making his first start

against a team like LSU.

”They’re an amazing defense,” Moseley said. ”There’s no way

around it. It’s something that you really do dream about. I mean,

how much more dramatic could it possibly be: No. 1 team in the

country, road game, huge underdogs. It doesn’t get any better. It’s

an opportunity I’ve dreamed of forever.”

His first pass went behind Jay Wisner but he came up big two

series later. With Auburn buried inside its 10, he hit Quindarius

Carr for a 43-yarder down the left sideline though the Tigers

couldn’t get points.

He hit tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen for a 15-yard pass and a

23-yarder – on a second-and-21 play – during a touchdown drive on

the next series, and directed the Tigers to a clinching field goal

late.

”He made a beautiful, beautiful throw to Q-Carr and really

probably put it the only place you could put it where it was

catchable,” Chizik said. ”He stood back, he was confident. It was

a very nice ball.

”He did some good things. One errant ball almost got picked, so

we have those things out there, too. But for a guy coming into a

football game and being asked to move the football team and be

productive, I think he did a good job.”

Trotter has passed for 1,009 yards and 10 touchdowns but has

also been intercepted six times. Chizik praised how he dealt with

getting pulled from the game.

”He was great. He handled it as a class act, just the way we

thought he would,” Chizik said. ”Very classy. Was very happy that

we won, no matter how we won. That’s what I expected from

him.”

The Gators have had to two give two highly rated freshmen a

trial by fire. Jacoby Brissett played the first half, and Jeff

Driskel the second. Both completed 50 percent of their passes and

had some misfires, especially with the long ball.

Brissett was intercepted downfield on his first pass with an

overthrow. Driskel overshot an open Jordan Reed on a long pass

after a flea flicker, and missed Deonte Thompson on a fourth-down

play from Auburn’s 16.

”Both guys didn’t do anything that really hurt us in the game,

but then again didn’t do anything to help us,” Muschamp said. ”We

had a missed throw on the flea flicker – we need to hit that. The

more reps and the more turns those young men get, they are going to

be really good football players. I’m excited about both of

them.”