Round 2: The Quarterback Race Continues

Comments from Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier are featured in this Auburn football report.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior Barrett Trotter says he doesn't know. The same goes for sophomore Clint Moseley as well as true freshman Kiehl Frazier.

The major unanswered question in a preseason full of questions for the Auburn football team is who will replace Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton as the starting quarterback.

Trotter, Newton's top backup last year, had his second solid preseason scrimmage on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Even though he was the No. 2 quarterback last year, Trotter has not had a lot of playing time since he was a high school senior at Briarwood Christian in Birmingham.

"Being in the system for this long you feel comfortable and I feel like I know everything, but anytime you can be out there and get those live reps you are definitely going to get more and more comfortable and know more and more about the game and what is happening," Trotter said.

Barrett Trotter

Asked if the offense made progress from scrimmage one to scrimmage two, Trotter said, "Definitely. We had a lot less busts in this scrimmage, which is really encouraging for me as a quarterback having the comfort level of all the players knowing what to do."

Asked if he had a feel for how tight the competition is for the starting assignment at QB, Trotter said, "It is as tight or as loose as they want it to be," he said. "It is up to the coaches to decide on that.

"I am definitely pleased with my performance," Trotter added. "I know I can still get better and can still improve on a lot of things, but I feel confident in what I?have done so far."

Moseley, who was the third string quarterback last year, was asked how the scrimmage went on Saturday. "It was a little different today," he said. "We put more emphasis on the speed of running the plays. Overall, it was a pretty good day."

Clint Moseley

Moseley said he feels like he has improved since scrimmage one that was held on Wednesday. "There is no doubt on that," he stated. "With each rep you learn something.

"I have been here a while and I feel like I know the offense almost as well as Coach (Gus) Malzahn and then I will learn something I have never heard of. I can definitely learn something every day."

The redshirt sophomore said in his eyes the competition is still close. Head coach Gene Chizik said after the session that the coaching staff has still not decided who will be number one at quarterback or when they will make that decision.

Whoever is the starter will be playing behind a rebuilt offensive line that had a solid performance in scrimmage two, even though tackle A.J. Greene is still out with an injury. Greene worked with the ones in spring training.

"The offensive line is getting better every day and you can tell," Moseley said. "Every now and then they will make a mistake they shouldn't make, but we all do that sometimes. What we are trying to do is work the kinks out and build our consistency because we have plenty of talent."

Moseley said he saw plenty for the offense to build on with young players on the roster continuing to perform well. "We had explosive plays from the young guys," the quarterback said.

"Tre Mason continued to run the ball real well today,"?Moseley added. "He is going to be a special kid. No doubt about that, he's a special runner."

Frazier said he felt "good" and "more relaxed" during his second college scrimmage in which he threw a nice touch pass for a touchdown to fellow freshman Jaylon Denson, who caught the ball in the corner of the end zone.

"When you go out for the second scrimmage you definitely feel more comfortable," Frazier said. "I definitely feel like I?made progress relaying the signals to the offense and just being comfortable out there.

Frazier said he is concentrating on making sure he has proper footwork for throwing the ball. "It is so much different from high school to college," he pointed out. "It is the footwork you need to be successful. That is a big deal."

The Tigers will attend Fan Day from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday and then practice on Sunday night. The team will be off on Monday and have its final two-a-days practice sessions on Tuesday.


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