Auburn vs. Georgia: The Journey of Auburn Quarterback Clint Moseley

Jeremy Hillman@@SECpigskinContributor INovember 9, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Clint Moseley #15 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles during the game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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This Saturday in Athens, GA, Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley will be trying to lead his Tiger's to victory over the surging Georgia Bulldogs.

For Moseley, it will be his third start of the season, which will be just the third start of his college career.

On the road, against what could be the SEC Eastern Division champion, with a quarterback that has started only two games, would send most teams to almost certain defeat.

However, do not tell that to Tiger QB Clint Moseley. He has every expectation to play well, and confidence that Auburn can win this football game.

You see, Moseley has been against the odds many times before in his young football life and has found a way to not only succeed, but to excel.

He grew up in a town called Leroy that is about 60 miles north of Mobile in the southern section of Alabama. The town has a total population of just over 900 people. It is a long shot for a kid from a rural town and small 2A school like Leroy High to earn a scholarship to play SEC football.

As a matter of fact, Emanuel King, who played linebacker at Alabama in the early eighties, is one of the few football stars from Leroy to ever do so.

So Moseley, a big 6'4", 200 pound quarterback, went out, and did what it took to garner attention from colleges.

He did what it took and more, as he was named Mr. Football in Alabama his senior season, passing for an impressive 3,758 yards and 35 touchdowns, and running for 670 yards with 15 more touchdowns. Moseley was even the team's kicker, leading Leroy to their third straight 2A State Championship.

In the face of long odds, in February of 2009 he signed a football scholarship with an SEC program, Auburn University, after receiving interest from schools all over the South. 

Once at Auburn, Moseley red-shirted in his first season on the Plains, and dug in to learn everything he could.

The next year, a year he had planned to battle for the starting job at quarterback, Cam Newton entered the picture and Moseley was buried deep in the depth chart.

Moseley was disappointed, no doubt, in not being able to play, as he only appeared in one game, threw zero passes and ran just twice for just eight yards.

However, he stayed the course and enjoyed the ride of winning a BCS national championship with his teammates.

He took solace in knowing that Newton was leaving for the NFL, and that 2011 would bring another opportunity for him to battle for the starting job at quarterback for the Tigers.

In preseason practice and scrimmages, Moseley and fellow Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter went head-to-head for the open starting QB spot.

Each week, sometimes each day, fans and media would speculate who was in the lead.

It was a back and forth affair.

Then a tough day came for the sophomore quarterback from Leroy, as he was informed by the Auburn coaches that he would not be starting at quarterback this season for Auburn.

Barrett Trotter had won the position.

Clint Moseley was now regulated to third string behind dynamic freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier, who would be used in wildcat formations.

Many people would have probably looked to leave for another program at this point, or at-least started working less and complaining more.

They would have been less than Moseley.

He was down for a bit of time, and he and good friend Barrett Trotter had a few awkward days. It took Moseley some time to digest his role.

However, Moseley stayed the course and focused on getting better and learning the offense.

He stood by Auburn, and held to his commitment to his teammates and to himself.

Like the slogans at the school and fans have been using, Moseley is the definition of "All In."

Then his time came.

The coaches put Moseley in as the quarterback in the second half of the Florida game, a game where the Auburn offense and starter Barrett Trotter had struggled mightily in the first half.

Moseley added a much needed spark and lead Auburn to a big victory over the Gators. The next week Moseley was named the starter for the Tigers.

His time had come and his character, patience and work ethic had finally paid off.

Unfortunately for Moseley, his first start was on the road against top-ranked LSU, who has arguably been the top defense in college football.

He was beat up, and wasn't able to get the Auburn offense going much against the tenacious LSU defensive pressure.

Some wondered, after the game, if it would rattle his confidence or derail his progression. Was he the right guy to start at quarterback?

Moseley was once again at a cross-roads in his football career.

The next game, against Ole Miss, Moseley turned in a strong performance, throwing for four touchdowns and no interceptions, and looked like a player that could lead offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's dynamic offense.

Once again, with things stacked against him, Moseley delivered. Now, this Saturday, Moseley lines up against Rival Georgia.

The game is on the road, and Auburn is the underdog. The Bulldogs have won seven straight games, and seem to improve each week. In truth, a win for Auburn this weekend could be an uphill battle.

Seems like a perfect fit for Moseley, who is no stranger to overcoming odds.


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