AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn has the utmost faith in the quarterbacks on his roster.
On Tuesday, Auburn’s head coach came to their defense after former Tiger coach Pat Dye criticized those who led the team in 2012, reportedly calling them “cowards.”
“I recruited all the quarterbacks here and they're nothing but champions,” Malzahn said. “I'm proud of the guys.”
During a speaking engagement set up by the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday, Dye had harsh words for last year’s signal-callers.
“(Dye) said both Auburn quarterbacks from last season were cowards,” tweeted Phil Kaplan, the sports editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel. “He gave no names.”
Of course, Auburn actually had three different players start at quarterback last season: Clint Moseley, Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace. Frazier started the first five games last year and was replaced by Moseley in the next three games. Both Frazier (two touchdowns, eight interceptions) and Moseley (one touchdown, three interceptions) struggled mightily before Wallace got the starting nod for the last four contests of 2012.
Frazier absolved Wallace of any blame Tuesday morning.
“Pretty sure Pat Dye was talking about Clint and I, not Jonathan,” he tweeted from his personal account. “Jonathan did the best he could in a bad situation.”
Former Tiger Jerraud Powers wasn’t quite as diplomatic toward the man Auburn’s field is named after.
“Pat Dye is a coward for doing that,” the Arizona Cardinals cornerback tweeted Monday night.