AUBURN, Ala. -- Spring practice is two-thirds of the way over, and Auburn’s quarterback battle remains a dead heat.
Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said there has been no movement in the competition between junior Barrett Trotter and sophomore Clint Moseley for the No. 1 spot.
Both took reps with the first team in what was a rough outing Saturday.
“I think they’re both working really hard,” Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. “It’s very important to both of them, and I appreciate that. But we’re not as consistent as we need to be at that position.”
Malzahn has said he would like to name a frontrunner for the job at the end of spring but doesn’t want to do it for the sake of doing it. He hasn’t given any indication right now as to who might be ahead, even to the participants.
“I’d like to know, but at the same time, you can’t waste your time thinking about it,” Trotter said. “So you just forget it and keep on working.”
Wide receiver Trovon Reed thinks both quarterbacks have handled themselves well when given the opportunity.
“We don’t miss a beat when different quarterbacks are in there,” he said. “They both can throw. They both can run. They both have great character.”
Big day for D-Lo
The coaches said wide receiver DeAngelo Benton had a couple of big catches Saturday, continuing what has been a positive spring.
“I believe he’s trying to take his game to a different level than he’s played it since he’s been here,” Chizik said.
The junior, who was once a five-star recruit before qualifying issues and injuries kept him from breaking out, is in prime position to get more playing time next year, with Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachery having graduated.
“All those things I said about him coming in, the potential is still there,” wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor said. “I told him the worst compliment I can give you is you’ve got potential. That means you haven’t done anything yet. It’s time. It’s time.”
Center of attention
Reese Dismukes graduated early from Spanish Fort (Ala.) High to participate in spring drills. It’s been an eye-opener.
“I think he’s finding out it’s a little bit difficult to muscle guys here as compared to the way he did in high school,” Chizik said.
Still, the spring has helped the 6-foot-3, 290-pound freshman, whose chief competition to replace three-year starter Ryan Pugh is walk-on sophomore Blake Burgess.
Learning the pace is the biggest part.
“Just the fact that I’m already here and I’ll be a step ahead of the other guys, especially having to compete at that position, it’s helped out a lot,” Dismukes said. “Just getting the speed of the game before the other guys come in.”
Junior Anthony Morgan, who moved from cornerback to running back during bowl practices in December, is sidelined by a knee injury.
Although Chizik said it’s not a long-term deal, there’s no timetable for his return.
“It could be before the end of spring practice before he’s back,” Chizik said. “I don’t know.”