Gene Chizik: Auburn Football's Starting Quarterback Job Is "Wide Open"

Dione Thrift@DThriftWarEagleContributor IJune 26, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Chris Todd #12 of the Auburn Tigers rolls out to pass against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. LSU defeated Auburn 26-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

One question that most Auburn fans, if not all, are asking themselves is, who will be the starting QB this year?  Let's take a trip down memory lane.  Last year, Auburn decided to wait until the first game of the season to reveal their starting QB. 

Both Kodi Burns and Chris Todd got reps in the Louisiana Monroe game.  Todd started a few more games, and then Burns started the remainder of the season. Needless to say, it was a long season, not only for the players, but the fans as well.

After a head coaching and staff change, every candidate for the QB job is starting off on a clean slate.

Earlier this spring, both Coach Chizik and Malzhan both wanted to leave spring practice with a guaranteed starting QB, but with Barret Trotter dropping out of the race due to an injury, and Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle not setting themselves apart from each other, the race is going to be decided this fall.

Which brings up that there is a good possibility that one of the freshman coming in could come out with the job.

Auburn picked up three QBs in their 2009 recruiting class, and one of those three is rated No. 2 dual threat QB for the 2009 class, Tyrik Rollison.  The other two include Clint Mosley and Robert Cooper.

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Gene Chizik said that the race is wide open and starting a freshman at QB shouldn't be a surprise if it happens. I feel Rollison and Mosley are going to make the race a little bit more competitive, so Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle needs to step up and set themselves apart.

Of course, there is the question of Chris Todd.  He wasn't a popular player last year, but I'd like to see how he plays while having a healthy shoulder as opposed to bad one.

Hopefully the Malzahn will make the right choice on the QB decision or it's going to be another long year for Auburn football.