WINTER GARDEN, Florida — Woody Barrett is still developing as a quarterback and he knows it.
The incoming Auburn freshman will be in the mix for the starting job in August, but he’s just fine if he has to sit out the season or play other roles.
In fact, he’s OK with serving as the Tigers’ Wildcat quarterback in the red zone and in special situations if someone else wins the starting job.
“Whatever the team needs, I’m there,” Barrett told SEC Country. “I’m a big asset to the team. If they want me to play that role, then I’ll play that role.”
If it happens, the Wildcat role will seem like old times for Barrett, who his high school coaches say was raw and looked more the part of a running back or safety a few years ago. His head coach admitted he would like to see Barrett sit on the bench for a season, and develop before becoming Auburn’s starting quarterback in 2017 or beyond.
“He’s a great kid but we had to poke at the bear a little bit,” West Orange High School coach Bob Head said. “He’s the top dog around here and he’s so strong, so physically gifted, but he can be a primetime player now. I’m telling you that. He can be that guy. I’ve seen him take over games by himself. He’s physically a strong kid.”
Barrett shattered records at West Orange High School as a senior, throwing for 2,018 yards and rushing for 1,413 yards while scoring 43 total touchdowns. He did not play in at least a portion of eight of the 14 games on the schedule because of blowout scores, so his numbers could have easily been even better. He was named the Class 8A Player of the Year for his efforts.