Auburn QBs Wondering Who's Number One

Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter discusses the competition for the vacant first team spot.

Auburn, Ala.--If Auburn's coaches have a leader in the competition between junior Barrett Trotter and sophomore Clint Moseley for the starting quarterback position, they have kept it to themselves.

Even the quarterbacks have no idea what the coaches are saying about who is leading the competition to replace 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton.

"I'd like to know, but at the same time you can't waste your time thinking about it so you just forget and keep on working," Trotter said.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said after Saturday's scrimmage that both quarterbacks, in general, are "sporadic" and not as consistent as they need to be after 10 spring practices.

"The consistency for the quarterback position and being able to manage the team are obviously the two most important things that they can do," Chizik noted. "And when I say manage the team, I'm talking about protecting the football and keeping us out of negative plays. We've done a fair job of that, but again it's been a little bit up and down for both quarterbacks."

Moseley opened with the first team in the scrimmage on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but it was just his turn, Trotter explained, as the first team spot alternates between the two with each practice.

The defense dominated the offense 51–15 on Saturday in the scoring system the coaches use for scrimmages. "We had a tough day," Trotter admitted. "We didn't move the ball very consistently. We had trouble getting first downs.

"The defense played really good, and they just seemed to match us up on a lot of stuff," the quarterback said. "It will help us in the long run."

Trotter said that while the defense has improved since spring practice began it has been helped by seeing the same plays for 10 practices.

"They are going to pick up on some of our calls and our plays and our alignments and all that kind of stuff, and that is going to help them," he said. "But at the same time, teams are going to pick up on that throughout the year so we got to be able to make changes and be ready to move the ball anyway."

Trotter looks for a receiver in Auburn's first scrimmage this spring.

The timing between the quarterbacks and wide receivers has been pretty good this spring, although there have been some issues when protection breaks down, according to wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor.

Taylor noted that timing hasn't been a big issue for Trotter because he worked with most of the wide receivers, including senior Quindarius Carr and juniors DeAngelo Benton and Emory Blake, last season as the second-team quarterback.

"They've already got a little knack and feel for each other already, and that has made a big difference," Taylor said. "And Trotter's done a good job. He's a great leader."

The quarterback competition will continue this week as the Tigers have five more practices remaining beginning with a session on Monday. The annual spring football game will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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