AUBURN, Ala. —Auburn’s quarterback group has experienced a whirlwind this season and true freshman Woody Barrett has been there for every minute of it.
“Yeah, he’s with us. He’s getting reps in practice,” Malzahn said. “He showed up late, we didn’t get him until late July. He had an ankle injury during the scrimmage and it put him back about two weeks, but we’re working with him and trying to get him caught up. He’s a talented young man, but he just needs some extra work.”
Barrett practiced alongside Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III as the trio competed in the longest quarterback competition of coach Gus Malzahn’s collegiate coaching career. Then, he learned Sean White would be Auburn’s starter at the end of August.
The true freshman watched from the sideline as Malzahn surprised fans, football media and even some of his players, when he unpredictably — and he claimed strategically — rotated three quarterbacks (five players took snaps) in Auburn’s home opener against No. 2 Clemson.
The Winter Garden Fla., native watched Franklin ignite the Tigers in Week 3 and heard White’s name announced again as the starter Tuesday in front of this Saturday’s game vs. LSU.
The entire time the top-10 QB prospect has stayed busy adjusting to Auburn football.
As Auburn’s quarterback battle raged on during fall camp, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Barrett’s redshirt status was unclear.
“It’s probably too early to say for sure if he would or wouldn’t (redshirt) just because you never know what happens with the other guys getting hurt and stuff like that,” Lashlee said Aug. 18.
Three games into 2016, Auburn coaches haven’t announced a decision on whether or not Barrett will redshirt.
Barrett is not the only quarterback continuing to learn Auburn’s offense.
“You know, like I’ve said before, he’s (Franklin) learning the offense,” Malzahn said. “Every time that he goes out there, we learn more about him. He is explosive, like everybody can see. He just needs to feel more comfortable.”
Still, Auburn’s coaches have been pleased with Barrett’s progress.
“I’ve been impressed with just his ability to focus and his eagerness to learn,” Lashlee said at the end of August. “He’s getting better.”