All four will get snaps on A-Day
By ANDY BITTER
AUBURN, Ala. — The earliest Auburn will make a decision about narrowing its quarterback field won’t be until after spring practice is over. Even then, there’s no promise of a resolution coming soon.
The Tigers, who have split their quarterback reps all spring, plan to use all four of their signal callers in today’s A-Day scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium, giving fans a glimpse at how Cam Newton, Neil Caudle, Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley run the offense.
“I think that it’s going to be really important because I just want to see them operate in front of a lot of people,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “I want to see them execute in more of a game setting than we’ve probably had all spring. I think for all four of them it’s going to be a nice test.”
Chizik said he’s not bothered by having four quarterbacks still in the mix.
“We’re not afraid to be in that position,” he said. “We would like to name one as soon as we can. We’re not feeling the pressure to do that. We think that we’ve rotated them the right way. We think we really gained enough information right now to be able to start working in the direction of paring that down when we’re ready.”
Auburn followed a similar plan last year. Caudle and Kodi Burns finished the spring as co-No. 1’s, only to watch Chris Todd earn the starting gig in August after returning from offseason shoulder surgery.
This spring’s focus has centered on Newton, a junior college transfer who is the presumed frontrunner, but coaches have been hesitant to dub him as Todd’s replacement.
Although today will be the fans’ first viewing of the quarterbacks this spring, Chizik said not to read too much into each player’s performance.
“This is kind of another practice,” he said. “Obviously, it is more game-type situation, which is good, but I wouldn’t read in too much whether one of them does great and one of them doesn’t do as well. … We’re trying to look for consistency over all through 15 days and really that’s more of what our decision will be based off of.”