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You didn't think I would forget about Auburn's annual QB battle, did you?
Just like every year since 2008, Auburn will enter spring practice without a clearly defined starter at the QB position.
It's no secret how poorly Auburn's QBs performed in 2012. The Tigers used three different starters and each one left plenty to be desired.
Only Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace remain to battle it out in spring practice. The third starter, Clint Moseley, gave up football after the season.
The battle is not likely to be won in spring practice, but it can be lost.
Nick Marshall, Jason Smith and Jeremy Johnson all expect to compete for the spot in the fall.
Tight end C.J. Uzomah told reporters on Wednesday that both Wallace and Frazier have taken a leadership role.
"They're coming in. They're watching film on their own. They're organizing meetings with all the receivers, getting our alignment right, all the little things before spring. They're doing a lot. No matter who we have, we're going to be successful," Uzomah told Charles Goldberg of auburntigers.com.
Although Wallace put up the more impressive numbers (two wins, four TDs, 57.5 percent completion ratio) in his four games as starter last season, it's hard to believe that Frazier does not have the inherent advantage over Wallace going into spring practice.
Frazier was recruited by Malzahn for this system and played in a watered-down version of the offense in high school, where he won USA Today player of the year honors.
Frazier looked very out of place last fall in a pro-style offense. He is certainly talented enough to be starting QB. The bigger question is whether he recovers psychologically from a nightmare season.
Wallace showed flashes of being able to be the Tigers signal-caller of the future last year. However, all of his success came against New Mexico State and Alabama A&M. When he went up against Alabama and Georgia. He struggled as much as the other QBs that attempted to go under center.
Malzahn is used to having to groom QBs. He's had a different QB start in each of his years at the college level. From Mitch Mustain at Arkansas to Cam Newton at Auburn to Ryan Aplin at Arkansas State, each QB has tasted success under Malzahn.
A QB doesn't have to be an All-American to be successful in Malzahn's offense. The system puts QBs in situations to be successful.
Which QB will take advantage of getting a head start in the competition before the other newcomers arrive when camp begins in the summer?
We'll soon find out.