The only true uncertainty with the Auburn University depth chart is at the quarterback position. Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley have been battling it out for the starting spot since the end of last season. Both have been showing a lot of improvement since they played last. Both are qualified to be the starting QB, but in the words of the Highlander, “There can be only one!” Let’s take a look at the two….
Clint Moseley: Clint was in a backup role last season to Barrett Trotter so he didn’t get a tremendous amount of playing time. When he did play though, he really looked lost against some of the defenses that were thrown at him. If you look at his stats from last season, you might say he didn’t do a bad job. Completing 66 of 108 passes for a QB rating of 133.1. His problem last season was he didn’t take control on the field. He got confused with the defenses and couldn’t see where the blitzes were coming from. With 17 sacks last season, he was sacked on almost 15 percent of his drop backs. That’s a lot folks. Recognizing the defensive scheme and knowing what to audible to comes with experience. If he can get healthy and be involved in more practices, he can gain that experience and become a good starting QB choice. He had some moments last season that leads me to believe that he has what it takes. The question is does Auburn have enough time before game one against Clemson?
Kiehl Frazier: Last season, Frazier was primarily used in the wildcat. When you saw Frazier come in at QB, every defense in America knew he was going to run. With that said he still was able to gain 327 yards on 76 attempts. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry. With the defense knowing you are running at them, that’s pretty darn good. The kid has mobility, vision and speed to be a good runner, but can he throw? With only 12 pass attempts last season we don’t have anything to go by statistically. He didn’t look comfortable at all in the pocket. He was a true freshman and it showed. As stated with Moseley, this comes with experience. A dual threat QB in the NCAA is a good base ingredient for a National Championship, as we have seen time and time again, but they have to be able to throw the ball accurately, and be able to stand the pressure in the pocket. With a QB like Frazier, when he feels pressure, every bone and instinct in his body tells him to RUN! He has to learn to stay in the pocket and check down his receivers.
With all that being said, folks are saying Auburn is in trouble because they haven’t named a starter yet. This brings me to my opening title. Indecision or Brilliance?
Coach Chizik knows who is going to be the starting QB for the Clemson game on September 1st, but why disclose that now? Right now, Clemson’s Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables doesn’t know to prepare for a pocket passer or a dual threat QB. He’ll have to prepare for both. You don’t always show your cards before the hand is over!