Of the quarterback battles still to be settled around college football, Auburn’s continues to be near the top of the most notable. When you consider that one competitor is essentially down an arm, though, it’s also one of the most headscratching.
On Wednesday, Clint Moseley put an interesting analogy on his sore shoulder, which has been a lingering problem for him.
“They say if I was a pitcher, they’d put me on the DL,” Moseley said. “I need a break, but I can’t have that right now in this competition.”
Moseley and Kiehl Frazier have been battling for the Tigers’ starting quarterback job since the spring. With freshman Zeke Pike gone, depth is at a higher premium. Moseley has the edge in experience — he started six games last season and played in 10 — but Frazier is healthy and has been the presumed favorite to win the job.
Ultimately, Frazier probably gets the job. But if the competition has gone on this long with only one healthy QB between the two, nothing’s out of the picture.
Updated 1:38 p.m. ET: Coach Gene Chizik announced on Thursday that Kiehl Frazier will indeed be Auburn’s starting quarterback. Frazier did play last season and finished third on the team with 327 yards, but only completed five passes out of 12 attempts for 34 yards and two interceptions.
“I am confident in Kiehl’s ability and leadership skills and look forward to watching him progress in both areas,” Chizik said.
Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.
He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.
“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network…
Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.
Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.