QBs Comment On Auburn's First Scrimmage

Quarterbacks Clint Moseley and Barrett Trotter give their take on Auburn's first scrimmage of spring training.

Auburn, Ala.--The two quarterbacks competing to win the vacant starting spot held last season by Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton gave themselves solid reviews after Auburn's first spring training scrimmage.

With the Tigers working out for approximately 120 plays at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Barrett Trotter, who will be a redshirt junior this fall, and Clint Moseley, who will be a redshirt sophomore, split the playing time on Saturday.

"I think me and Barrett did a pretty good job," said Moseley, who showed his good arm strength throwing the football.

"Overall, I felt like I had an okay day," Moseley said. "There were a few throws I wish I had back. I made a few throws that I was pleased with. Overall, I feel like I could do a lot better."

The Tigers are also replacing their starting center plus three of the other starters on the offensive line, something that showed on Saturday with inconsistent play across the front.

Gene Chizik, Auburn's head coach, noted there were some problems with the shotgun snaps in the scrimmage and Moseley agreed. "There were a few snaps that might look pretty bad, a few balls on the ground," he said.

Asked if he thought that one of the quarterbacks has an edge on the other with seven of 15 spring practice days completed, Moseley said, ""No sir. It is all up to Coach (Gus) Malzahn. He is giving us even reps. You can't judge it off of one day. He is going to judge it off who takes the ball the whole spring. This is just one day. We will come out here on Monday and see how it goes."

Trotter, who was the top backup last season behind Newton, commented on the scrimmage saying, "I thought it went fairly well. The first group did well. We moved the ball pretty good. The second group still has a long way to go. Overall I think we did pretty well."

Malzahn, the quarterback coach and the offensive coordinator, told his QBs he wanted to see how the offense moved the football when they were in the scrimmage while avoiding turnovers."

Barrett Trotter rolls out and looks for a receiver in Saturday's scrimmage.

Discussing his assignment for Saturday, Trotter said it was to "protect the ball and move the ball down the field continuously."

"If you can get in the end zone every time you're in then that's the end goal," Trotter added. "If you're doing that then you're doing pretty good."

Commenting on the overall offense, Trotter said, "I think we're definitely moving in the right direction. We still have a long way to go."

Commenting on how he believes he is doing this spring, Trotter said, "I feel really comfortable with everything we're doing. There's really not much that I feel like is new material for me. It's just kind of relearning and getting the foundation back again. It's not so much learning any more as it is getting the ball where I want it every time."

Trotter said that the offense good a boost from impressive play on Saturday by running backs Onterio McCalebb and Michael Dyer along with receivers Emory Blake and Quindarius Carr. "It's definitely really encouraging," Trotter said of the big plays by his teammates on offense. "It just gives us as quarterbacks more confidence in them. Throwing the ball up to them it really helps us."

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