Auburn’s wide-open quarterback race could find a leader Saturday during the Tigers’ first spring scrimmage.
Three quarterbacks are vying for the starting job. Coach Gus Malzahn was debating late into the week whether his quarterback candidates would go live, meaning be fair game to be tackled.
“We haven’t decided for sure yet, but it’s very possible,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Thursday, according to AL.com’s James Crepea. “But even then, whether they do or not, it’s the most game-like situation they’ve been in, in a lot of plays at a time.
“Just to see how they respond and react, that’ll be big.”
“Big” may be an understatement. Auburn’s football fortunes rest in the hands of whichever quarterback wins the competition between speedy junior college transfer John Franklin III and last season’s not-so-dynamic duo of Jeremy Johnson and Sean White.
Each player comes with his own flaws, most notably Johnson’s first-half implosion last season, White’s health concerns and Franklin’s size. He is a 6-foot-1, 172-pound transfer who hasn’t played against the size and speed of SEC-level defenses.
Keeping his cards to his chest, Lashlee didn’t indicate which quarterback has the upper hand so far, and Malzahn can be hard to predict. That being said, Auburn will take a hard look at all three and hope that one starts to separate himself from the pack.