Caudle And QB's Working And Waiting

Junior quarterback Neil Caudle talks about Tuesday night's scrimmage and the race for the starting job.

Auburn, Ala.--Tuesday night was supposed to be first real chance for a quarterback to take a step forward in the race to be Auburn's starter. Instead it turned into an experience builder for most of the young players as Tyrik Rollison and Clint Moseley got the majority of the snaps at quarterback in the first scrimmage of the preseason.

That was different than most people expected with senior Chris Todd and juniors Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle all battling for the starting job. Caudle said they found out before the scrimmage that it was going to be a little different.

"It was a little surprising but they told us before the scrimmage how it was going to be structured," Caudle said. "They told us the second group and Tyrik was going to get a lot of reps. We knew it going into the scrimmage. That's just how it went."

Getting two series each, the older guys all had their moments but also made some mistakes as well. Caudle threw an interception on his second series and wasn't happy with that but he added that he thought the group played well.

"Overall I think the orange group played well," Caudle said. "We moved the ball. We just didn't capitalize on a few big plays."

With the quarterback battle only heating up, it's not just the fans and media that are wondering who and when the decision is going to be made by Head Coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. It's the same thing for the quarterbacks as well but Caudle said they are taking it in stride and just trying to work hard every day.

"We're patient," Caudle said. "We know it's a tough decision for the coaches and Coach Malzahn in particular. We know this is how the process works. We know it's a tough decision."

With just over three weeks left until the season opener against Louisiana-Tech, the Tigers still have time to begin to narrow things down with the playbook and get a gameplan together. That time is quickly running down though which means decision on a starting quarterback as quickly as possible would make the transition time from camp to practicing for the season much smoother. Caudle said while he's not sure when a decision will be made, he thinks he's done enough to be the starter.

"I think so," Caudle said. "I'm still not as happy as I would like to be with the way I've been playing. I know the offense great now. There shouldn't be any mistakes. There is still a bad read here or there that I need to correct."

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