The season opener is less than a month away, and Auburn still doesn't have a starting quarterback. If that doesn't change soon, they're in trouble.
This starting QB battle between junior Clint Moseley and sophomore Kiehl Frazier has raged all offseason, and there still doesn't seem to be any separation (per oanow.com).
"'Quarterback right now, I just don’t feel like still there’s much separation,'" said head coach Gene Chizik. "'And there’s got to be some here soon. We know that.'"
Auburn kicks off their season on September 1 against a strong Clemson team, and without an established signal-caller, it will be difficult to down the other Tigers bathed in orange.
Quarterback is the most important position on the field, after all.
Quarterbacks run the offense, keep their teammates in check and ensure that everything goes smoothly from play to play.
Without an experienced quarterback, it's difficult to win. But when a team lacks a starter at the position, they’re really in trouble.
Extended quarterback battles encourage strife within the team. They show a lack of leadership at the most important spot.
Even worse, when the battle is done, the winner will only have halfhearted confidence from his teammates. As soon as the QB makes a bad play, people will start to look over his shoulder for the backup.
What’s funny about the situation is that Frazier looked as if he had earned the starting role after last year.
He was the future, after all. Frazier has all of the physical tools and the athletic ability to be a special player in the SEC.
But Chizik has kept the battle open, and hasn't showed much favoritism towards one or the other in camp.
Maybe he thinks the battle will be good experience for the eventual winner, maybe he wants to keep his team sharp and maybe he really has no idea.
But either way, it's not good news.
Two-quarterback systems rarely work in college football, and teams that rotate QBs in and out during the season never find much success.
Auburn should know this. It was only two years ago when Cam Newton led them to a national title, and there was certainly no quarterback controversy there.
Neither one of these guys is Newton, but Chizik needs to show confidence in one like he is.
If not, the opener against Clemson will not go well, and for that matter, neither will the season.