DOTHAN EAGLE- After Auburn’s second fall scrimmage Saturday, the quarterback competition that already consumed the Tigers spring practices and offseason didn’t have an end in sight.
Junior Clint Moseley was able to throw more Saturday and completed a deep pass to tight end Philip Lutzenkircen. He couldn’t remember the last time he completed a deep ball, a clear sign of improvement.
After a sluggish scrimmage Wednesday, sophomore Kiehl Frazier also said he felt better Saturday.
Both quarterbacks vying for the Tigers’ starting spot earned compliments from teammates after Saturday’s scrimmage, which lasted 70 to 80 plays. Neither earned a nod from coach Gene Chizik.
“Quarterback right now, I just don’t feel like still there’s much separation,” Chizik said. “And there’s got to be some here soon. We know that.”
Auburn’s opener Sept. 1 against Clemson keeps getting closer. On Thursday, the Tigers will have less days until the season begins than they’ve had of fall practice.
Chizik hinted Saturday to more urgency in finding a starting quarterback. But neither Frazier nor Moseley is rushing it.
“I’m not sure about all that,” Frazier said when asked where the competition currently stood. “Really, coach Chizik and coach (Scot) Loeffler keep that kind of close to the vest. We’re just worried about improving and getting ready for Sept. 1.
“It doesn’t really become more urgent. I think we’re really just worried about improving. Getting to where we want to be offensively as a unit is really more important than wondering about the quarterback battle.”
Frazier said it’s not hard to push the competition out of his mind.
Stuck in an offense he’s never had familiarity with, the sophomore said he’s had a lot to learn. At the top of his list right now, Frazier said, is getting better at rollout throws and understanding his protections with the offensive line.
“I'd say Kiehl, he's stepping up his game,” transfer fullback Jay Prosch said. “I've watched him grow and get better. I think he's continually improving.”
Moseley has more experience with those reads, and it’s one reason Chizik said the junior who started the final six games last fall has kept the competition close despite a shoulder injury that has limited his ability to throw.
Chizik said Moseley’s arm looked better Saturday.