Malzahn Discusses First Scrimmage

Auburn's offensive quarterback talks about the quarterbacks and more following the first preseason scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Following Auburn's first preseason scrimmage, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Gus Malzahn was not ready to comment on the pecking order at the QB position.

The two freshmen quarterbacks, Tyrik Rollison and Clint Moseley, saw extensive action in the scrimmage that lasted about 80 plays on Tuesday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Neither worked with the first unit.

The three returning quarterbacks, senior Chris Todd and juniors Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle, each got to work some with the first offense that won the scrimmage by a close margin in the scoring system that gives points for big plays on offense and defense as well as points scored the traditional way.

"Everybody out there played and that is what you need to do," Malzahn said of the QBs and the rest of the players on offense. "We had some penalties, which we expected, and our pace was pretty good. I really have to watch the film to get a good grasp on exactly all of the good and bad, but there was some good."

Malzahn says he hopes to be able to narrow who is in the race for the starting QB spot. He notes that he discusses it every day with head coach Gene Chizik. "We would like to do it as soon as possible, but at the same time we want to be 110 percent for sure. So after we watch the film we will see and then we will go from there."

Commenting on the freshman QBs, Malzahn says, "They both made plays and they both had fun out there--you could tell that. And, they both are extremely confident."

Malzahn says he believes the offense had two turnovers, which was too many, and adds that the offense needs to cut down on the penalties.

Starting center Ryan Pugh notes it was tough for him to evaluate the quarterbacks, but says, "I thought we did a good job running the football. That is something we have been emphasizing."

Running back Onterio McCalebb, who scored on a run of around 30 yards, says he thought the quarterbacks had a solid scrimmage. "I thought all of them did good things," he said.

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