Auburn, Ala.—Despite three state championships and winning Mr. Football on the gridiron for the Leroy Bears and winning two more state titles in baseball, Clint Moseley didn't have a lot of options when he chose the Auburn Tigers late in the process after getting an offer from Coach Gene Chizik and his staff.
The questions continued for him the first two years at Auburn as he made little movement in the quarterback race for the Tigers. Even this fall, he lost out on the starting job to Barrett Trotter in the preseason and watched the first six games from the sidelines with only minimal playing time. Things changed quickly for him and the Auburn offense last Saturday night however as he came on in relief of Trotter at halftime against Florida and helped the Tigers to a big home win.
That was enough for Chizik and Malzahn to give him his shot this weekend as Auburn travels to face #1 LSU on the road in a key SEC Western Division showdown. Coming from small town Alabama and now on the cusp of his dream Moseley said it's still hard to imagine how far he's come.
"It's all surreal, at first especially," Moseley said. "It's been such a roller coaster for me, and to finally get what I've been working so hard for and what I've dreamed of getting. That's the best feeling.
"At the same time, I know it carries a lot of responsibility and I've got to really buckle down and get even more serious. I feel good about how I've been preparing, but I just have to take it to the next level. It was an awesome moment for me."
It will be the first start for Moseley since he stepped off the field at Legion Field in Birmingham at 41-8 winner of Sulligent in the 2A Title game in December of 2008, Moseley said it will be quite different for him, but he said he wouldn't have it any other way.
"It couldnt' get any better," Moseley said. "Aggressive defense, number one team in the country. All the hype coming up to it. It's Death Valley. Yeah, it's a little nerve-racking, but at the same time, how could you draw it up better? That's just the most dramatic situation you can think of. That's just awesome. That's what we play the game for."
Moseley is a confident player that has never doubted his ability to play the position. Even with offers only from schools such as UAB, Arkansas State and Murray State, Moseley waited patiently until he got the offer he had been hoping for in high school. It took some patience and growing pains at Auburn to get the news that he was finally the starter, but he said it's also something as a player you have to always expect because having confidence in yourself is a must at this level.
"Just playing quarterback, and I guess you can say other positions here, you have to think you're the best," Moseley said. "That's just how it is. I said that before when I didnt' get it and I said that last year and I've heard other guys say it.I expected it the whole time, but that's just because I'm a competitor. I prepared myself for everything. I learned a lot from last time, so I wasn't going to get too high or too low, expect anything. I was going to go in there just completely levelheaded and even-keeled on whatever happens. And I did. I got the best news that I could get."
Moseley will have his chance to shine this Saturday at 2:30 on national television as the Tigers face off against top-ranked LSU and one of the nation's top defenses. A three-touchdown underdog and a longshot at best, Moseley said it's one of those situations you dream about as a player and he's ready to give it his best shot.
"I've heard a lot about it," Moseley said. "Somehow a bunch of people already know about it. They're like, 'No. 1 team in the country. It'll be a great way to start it off.' They're a great defense. They hardly have any weaknesses, if any. It's going to be tough. I kind of almost wouldn't want it any other way."