Quarterback Still A Question Mark For Tigers

Auburn's quarterback race will continue into this week as Coach Gene Chizik and Gus Malzahn decide who will be the starter this week at #1 LSU.

Auburn, Ala.—Auburn's quarterback question will last at least another day as on Sunday Coach Gene Chizik said that he and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn will talk things over on Monday before making a decision before Tuesday's practice. With Clint Moseley coming in for Barrett Trotter in the win over Florida and Kiehl Frazier playing his role as the change-up quarterback, the 19th-ranked Tigers have plenty of questions heading into a battle with top-ranked LSU this coming Saturday.

"We're going to evaluate it some more," Chizik said. "Gus and I will talk through it. Obviously by the next time we practice, we'll know what we're going to do. We're still going to talk through it and evaluate it some more."

With the next practice scheduled for Tuesday evening that leaves a lot of free time for both Moseley and Trotter to ponder the situation once again. Locked in a battle for spring practice and much of the preseason, Moseley said for him it's just a matter of concentrating on getting better and not worrying so much.

"I stopped worrying about that," Moseley said. "It's really helped me out just not worrying about anything. Just realizing that regardless of the situation I can only do the best I can do. It's all I'm going to continue to do.

"I'm not even going to worry about it. Obviously I will hope, but I'm just going to come and watch film tomorrow and do the same thing I've been doing the whole year. I'm not going to change anything."

While Moseley came on and played solid in his first true collegiate action, completing 4-7 passes for 90 yards, Trotter struggled to get into rhythm and finished the first half 2-8 for just 33 yards and a touchdown before the Tigers made the call at the half to make a change. Trotter said when that happened it was tough to handle, but he just backed up his friend.

"I told him, 'Man, I hope you do great.' I'm glad we won the game," Trotter said. "I mean it was definitely different. It was weird. But, I'm glad we won the game."

The struggles for Trotter in the last four weeks weren't only his fault, but there is no denying Auburn's passing game hasn't produced since a loss at Clemson in week three. Through the first three games Trotter was 45-71 for 605 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions. In the last four weeks the junior has completed just 36-78 passes for 404 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

One of the problems for Trotter and the offense has been the obvious goal of ball control to help out Auburn's young defense. It has paid off as Auburn has won two of its last three games, but in the process the offense has suffered. In the last four games Trotter has thrown 16 times on first down with 11 completions for a grand total of 53 yards. Seven of those came against Florida Atlantic, meaning Auburn's starter has attempted just nine passes on first down the last three weeks.

While that definitely lends to grinding out first downs because you're gaining positive yardage on first down, it also makes it much more difficult to pick up big chunks of yardage in the passing game. Throw in the losses of Emory Blake and Trovon Reed and it's obvious why Auburn has become a grind-it-out team.

That will have to change this weekend against an LSU defense that has been very strong up front and at creating turnovers. If Moseley gets the call he said one thing he won't be is overconfident. Although he played well in spurts on Saturday he added it was just a brief moment in time and consistency along with hard work is the key.

"That was the biggest thing, I only completed four passes," Moseley said. "They were big plays in the game, but at the same time it was four passes. My teammates were proud and everything. That was the only thing on my mind: I've been way too low to get too high. The same thing can happen. I'm trying to stay level-headed and that's the biggest thing I'm focusing on."

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