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
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
”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
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