Auburn vs. Ole Miss: Clint Moseley Starting at QB Is the Right Move for Tigers

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 12, 2012

Auburn QB Clint Moseley
Auburn QB Clint MoseleyKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Kiehl Frazier experiment appears to be over. At least, for now.

According to, junior Clint Moseley will get the nod at quarterback for the Auburn Tigers for this weekend's game against Ole Miss over sophomore Kiehl Frazier. He could solidify the starting job with a good performance vs. the Rebels.

Moseley relieved Frazier at halftime last week vs. Arkansas, completing 13-of-21 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the second half. He started the final six games of 2011 for the Tigers, completing 60-of-99 passes for 680 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions during that stretch. 

It's the right move for the Tigers.

Frazier was woefully inconsistent in the starting role this season. He has completed only 54.4 percent of his passes so far, throwing just two touchdown passes and eight interceptions. 

But it wasn't just the numbers that caused the switch, it was the lack thereof.

He looked halfway decent through the air vs. the Hogs, completing 9-of-14 passes for 118 yards, but it was his lack of pocket awareness that ultimately caused head coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to call in Moseley from the bullpen at halftime.

Auburn's offensive line let both quarterbacks down on Saturday, but Frazier's inability to make a decision in the pocket contributed heavily to the eight sacks given up to the Hogs.

Moseley hasn't been great during his career, but desperate times call for desperate moves. After a 1-4 start, it's clear that these are desperate times for Chizik's Tigers.

If Frazier is still being counted on to be "the future" at the quarterback position, then I could see the reasoning for keeping him in. But there's nothing to suggest that he still is. With him at the helm, the Tigers have posted the nation's No. 112 passing offense (172 YPG).

Even if Moseley isn't the answer the answer and the passing game doesn't improve, is it really that big of a deal? Auburn's passing offense has been stagnant all season anyway.

Auburn needs to piece together some wins any way it can, so why not roll the dice with Moseley?