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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Of Quarterbacks & Competitions

Not much hasn't been written about the QB competition at Auburn this off season. That won't stop me as I try to shed some light on who the real contenders are for the starting role of the new Auburn offense led by Chip Lindsey.

Gus Malzahn has been inconsistent in the years past naming a starter, and for good reason. Even after Nick Marshall left, naming Jeremy Johnson as the starter was a foregone conclusion. Name him Gus did, and that blew up like a terrible 4th of July fireworks disaster. 

News flash! Gus has turned the offense over to Lindsey. If Chip feels comfortable naming a starter at the end of spring, that is when it will be done. Just don't look for it to happen.

I have a feeling Chip Lindsey will want to see what Sean White can do when healthy. If for no other reason than to have a clear #2 in place.

The wild card in my mind is Woody Barrett. I think this may be the best QB talent wise Auburn has drafted out of high school in forever. 

Among the things Gus Malzahn mentioned about Woody Barrett, one stood out above the rest. 

Gus said " Woody Barrett is the quarterback we have wanted and recruited since day one. 

I love Tyler Queen too. Here is Queens bio from the AUfficial site:

Talented dual-threat signalcaller from Georgia's North Cobb High ... enrolled at Auburn in January ... 2,342 passing yards, 27 TD as a senior ... also rushed for 10 TD as North Cobb advanced to Class 6A playoffs ... threw for Cobb County-record 89 TD and more than 8,500 yards in high school career, both marks in the Georgia state top 10, and rushed for 43 career TD ... coached by his father Shane Queen ... Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen ... AJC Super 75 ... Macon Telegraph Top 50 ... also played baseball at North Cobb ... 247 Sports top 12 QB and Georgia top 45 ... Scout top-ranked Georgia QB ... ESPN top 40 in Georgia and top 20 quarterback ... Rivals Georgia top 65 ... PrepStar all-South 

If Tyler Queen can stay healthy ( sort of sounds like Sean White's line ) He could be in the mix too.

Unfortunately, that leaves John Franklin III out of contention as far as I can see. Unless Franklin has made tremendous strides in ball security, ball placement while passing, and decision making, he will not be in the QB rotation come summer workouts. 

With my record for less than accurate forecasting, all of this just hyperbole. But it is wonderful to be talking about football at Auburn. 


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