As noted earlier today, Oklahoma State is of the mindset to name a starting quarterback for the 2012 sooner rather later, perhaps even as early as the next couple of weeks.
Auburn, on the other, is at the opposite end of the decision-making spectrum.
Speaking to the media Thursday, offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler discussed the state of the position as the Tigers head into Year 2 of the post-Cam Newton era. As it stands now, it’s a three-way battle for the starting job — sophomore Kiehl Frazier (pictured), redshirt junior Clint Moseley and true freshman Zeke Pike — with no publicly identified frontrunner.
And, according to the coordinator, that could very well be the case for quite some time.
“There’s particular situations that I’ve been a part of, numerous situations where the competition lasted all the way through the last week of training camp,” Loeffler said according to the Birmingham News.
Loeffler then added that he wouldn’t have a problem waiting to name a starter until the last week of August. The Tigers will open the 2012 season with a Sept. 1 neutral site game against Clemson.
While Moseley has an edge in experience, Frazier, a four-star recruit in last year’s class and the No. 5 dual-threat QB in the country, had been the talk of the recently concluded spring practice sessions, so much so that he’s considered the presumptive favorite to win the job. Following a sensational performance in last weekend’s spring game, such talk increased, although head coach Gene Chizik attempted to tamp the brakes on the speculation by warning people not to read too much into that singular performance.
While the early enrollee Pike is officially in the mix, most observers believe the starting job will come down to either Frazier or Moseley, who started six of the 10 games in which he played last season. That final decision, however, could still be more than four months down the road.