• #51 by jbcarol on 25 Aug 2012
  • Muschamp: Both QBs will play for UF

    Who will start is yet to be decided

    Muschamp said he and offensive coordinator Brent Pease have not decided yet how the playing time will be divided between the two true sophomores.

    “I met with both quarterbacks this morning. Both guys will play in the first game,” Muschamp said. “How we will manage that will be decided during the week.

    “They both deserve the right to play. They’ve earned that and they both deserve the right to start. They both had really good camps. We’ve taken the details down all the way, Brent and I have.

    “Both guys are very even and our football team has got great confidence in both of them. I told both of them today, the last position I’m worried about is quarterback. I feel very comfortable about both guys.”

    Muschamp said he and Pease will decide next week who will take the first snap.
  • #52 by jbcarol on 26 Sep 2012
  • Udpate: UK Starter Maxwell Smith was not able to practice today and noted he had a separated shoulder. Joker said that true freshman Jalen Whitlow "was not God-awful". 

    From the weekend: Father of Kentucky Mr. Football not happy with UK keeping the red shirt on his son

    If Maxwell Smith can’t go at quarterback, there’s a good chance that true freshman Jalen Whitlow will start at quarterback. Phillips said that the staff has been working the Alabama native as the No. 2 quarterback since the season opener against Lousville, but when the decision was made not to play Smith, they didn’t think Whitlow was ready.

    “We just felt like he wasn’t ready, wasn’t quite ready for that environment,” Phillips said. “I’ve been down there when we put a freshman quarterback in that environment and that’s tough.”

    He was talking about Tim Couch, who made his first collegiate start as a true freshman at The Swamp in 1996. It wasn’t pretty. Kentucky ended up losing 65-0.

    Phillips was asked about Patrick Towles, whose family has said he is frustrated over not being able to play, especially considering he came to UK because he thought he could play immediately. Phillips said he and his staff made the decision to not play Towles because they thought it was best for him and the future of the program.

    And as for being shut out Saturday without Smith, “He’s the starting quarterback for a reason,” Phillips said.
  • #53 by jbcarol on 02 Oct 2012
  • Ole Miss QB battle could be brewing again
    Freeze: Starter Wallace needs to make better decisions, reduce turnovers

    Something has to change for the Ole Miss offense.

    In four games against FBS opponents this season, the Rebels have turned the ball over 12 times. Eight of those giveaways have come from the quarterback position, seven from starter Bo Wallace. Ole Miss, not surprisingly given the aforementioned numbers, is 2-2 in those games.

    So as Ole Miss (3-2, 0-1 SEC) prepares to play Texas A&M (3-1, 1-1) Saturday (6 p.m., ESPNU) in Oxford, coach Hugh Freeze is willing to re-evaluate the position moving forward.

    “Interceptions are a part of the game and as a quarterback you got have a short memory and you got to forget about them and move on and all of that but if it is a recurring pattern on just bad decisions or bad throws, then I think we as coaches have to explore other avenues,” Freeze said.

    Freeze did not go so far as saying it is open competition again between Wallace (who has started all five games this season) and Barry Brunetti, but he did say “there’ll be more competition this week. Absolutely.”
  • #54 by jbcarol on 04 Oct 2012
  • #55 by jbcarol on 07 Oct 2012
  • After an ankle injury to true freshman Patrick Towles, Joker said in effect that he wishes he was asking questions about a quarterback controversy.  Towles led UK on a TD drive on his college possession against State.  He was injured on the first play of his second series.

    UK is down to true freshman Whitlow, a dual-threat who did not pass well yesterday and Morgan Newton, who OC Randy Sanders described as "limited".
  • #56 by jbcarol on 12 Oct 2012
  • Goldberg: After allowing eight sacks last week, Auburn looks to protect quarterbacks at Ole Miss
    "If you have eight of them, you’ve got to have a pretty good idea that the offensive line didn’t protect the quarterback real well," said Jeff Grimes, the man who coaches them.

    Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler says Auburn's offensive identity will be that of a running team going forward, which is the next step for a team whose quarterbacks have thrown 10 interceptions compared to three touchdowns, have been sacked 17  times and is a distance (sic) last in the SEC in total offense.

    Auburn hasn't announced whether Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley will be the starting quarterback, but they'll know today. But Grimes says he'll likely stick with the same starting five in his offensive line that had so much trouble with Arkansas.

    "What was different about this game is when we got beat, we really got beat bad. We got flat-smoked a few times," Grimes aid. "A couple guys got exposed a little bit. Hopefully, that will be a good thing that they’ll learn from. I think there were a couple guys that felt really bad about it after the game, as they should."
  • #57 by jbcarol on 14 Oct 2012
  • Auburn reported that Frazier was benched against Ole Miss due to "an injury that affects his throwing".
  • #58 by jbcarol on 17 Oct 2012
  • #59 by jbcarol on 21 Oct 2012
  • #60 by NoNC4Tubs on 22 Oct 2012
  • 98.6o: Auburn quarterback race could go to the final week of fall preseason practice, says Scot Loeffler

    Not one of them is a Pro-Set QB.

    Just how commited to the Pro-Set were they that they couldmn't at least bring one Pr-Style QB in duriung the off-season? Chizik announced in December (nearly two months before NSD)that he was going to the Pro-Set..... 8)
  • #61 by jbcarol on 22 Oct 2012
  • Quote
    “In all likelihood, Connor will probably go back to starting (against Tennessee), unless something happens during the week,” Spurrier said. “We’re still trying to get Connor to throw a little bit more when it’s there. But again, Connor, with his ability to run, certainly helps our running. And every Gamecock alive knows we need to run the ball. I know we need to, too. But the games we ran well, we also hit a pretty good percentage of passes to keep drives going.”
  • #62 by jbcarol on 24 Oct 2012
  • "We told Connor that this is his game and we're not going to pull him out at halftime if he's struggling," The Ball Coach said. "He needs to go play. He has struggled a bit the last couple of games, and we're trying to help him out a little bit anyway we can."

  • #63 by jbcarol on 24 Oct 2012
  • "Different week but same drill: No starting quarterback named yet for Auburn against Texas A&M."

    -- MrSEC
  • #64 by jbcarol on 26 Oct 2012
  • Auburn names Clint Moseley starting quarterback; Kiehl Frazier 80 percent healthy
    "I know question-mark-wise that's still out there… is Kiehl healthy? Is he not healthy? He's not 100 percent yet. If I had to put a percentage on it, I'd say 80," Chizik said. "But Clint has done a nice job at practice, and that's who we're going with."
  • #65 by jbcarol on 28 Oct 2012
  • Quote
    Auburn tables starting quarterback decision despite solid second half from Jonathan Wallace
  • #66 by jbcarol on 30 Oct 2012
  • Auburn names freshman Jonathan Wallace starting quarterback

    Remember when Pike was working out with Frazier and Moseley and getting the reps. The day he was sent back to Kentucky, Wallace was put on display as a promising freshman.

    Wallace has worked his way into the lineup.
  • #67 by jbcarol on 02 Nov 2012
  • Friday Morning Quarterback: Auburn should have given Jonathan Wallace an earlier opportunity to open the playbook (beat column)
    "He's been a gym rat since the moment he walked in the door," offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. "He's been a grinder in every sense of the word."

    A three-star recruit out of Central-Phenix City, Wallace thought he was headed to Central Florida up until Auburn made a last-minute offer on the Monday before signing day.

    He'd been a winner at Central, to be sure, but he didn't have the thrower's profile or the size that most top recruits had. In high school, Wallace struggled sometimes with his accuracy, especially on deep throws down the field.

    A kid that's willing to push himself through the blaster alone on a day when the rest of his teammates are resting can probably handle a slightly heavier workload than most.

    "He's a guy that has been extremely cerebral," Loeffler said. "You'd be shocked how much he knows."

    Handing a guy like Wallace more than the average freshman isn't a mistake.

    All it does is add more fuel to a fire that's already burning hot.
  • #68 by jbcarol on 14 Nov 2012
  • Not a controversy but Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is limited in practice due to a shoulder injury. Ole Miss will need him at full strength to test LSU's young defensive secondary who did a great job on Johnny Football when Chavis chose to keep him in the pocket and find a receiver.
  • #69 by jbcarol on 21 Nov 2012
  • Strange: Justin Worley awaits coaching decision and Tyler Bray's decision

    Whether it's Jon Gruden, Jimbo Petrino or Charlie Stoops, I would argue few if any returning players have a bigger stake in Tennessee's next football coach than Justin Worley does.

    Worley's college career will hit the halfway mark Saturday against Kentucky and the immediate future is two big question marks.

    "No matter who they bring in,'' Worley said Tuesday, "I hope I can fit their system and be able to do what they ask me to do.''

    The second question mark is Tyler Bray, who might forego his senior year.

    If Bray returns, he would presumably be the starter for the new coach. But there is a good chance Bray thinks he's ready for the NFL.

    "That's his decision,'' Worley said. "I'm going to support him either way. Whatever he decides, I'm going to be here.''
  • #70 by jbcarol on 19 Dec 2012
  • Each of Kentucky's three quarterbacks left campus last week knowing he will get a shot to be the Cats' starter next season.

    That was one of many messages new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown had for Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow, who all showed flashes of promise this season.

    When they return for spring practice, all three will have their chance to show the new coaching staff what they can do."

    It's going to be an open competition," Brown said at a 25-plus minute news conference on Tuesday, his first since being hired on Dec. 10. "All three guys will split the reps a third in spring practice, carry that competition through the summer into fall camp and see who the best man is."

    Brown said he assured all three players, whom he met with last Monday, that each has a clean slate.

    "I don't have any ties to any of the three of them," Brown said. "I'm going to coach them like they're my own, like I recruited them and the whole deal, but the best man is going to play.

    "After Smith receives his medical hardship from the NCAA, all three players will be classified as sophomores next season.

    But Brown called that a "good problem."
  • #71 by jbcarol on 20 Dec 2012
  • Malzahn says Kiehl Frazier should welcome return to fast-paced offense

    Kiehl Frazier got hurt, lost his starting job and never really dug himself out of the Auburn's ill-fated 2012 pro-style offense.
    New coach Gus Malzahn hopes a return to a more familiar offense will help the junior quarterback make a comeback.

    In 2011, Malzahn, then Auburn's offensive coordinator, signed Frazier to run his fast-paced offense. He brought him along slowly as a freshman, then Malzahn went to Arkansas State as the head coach. Now, Malzahn is back as Auburn's head coach, and he'll have Frazier vying for playing time with Clint Moseley and Jonathan Wallace, and the freshman quarterbacks who are signed.

    Frazier, Moseley and Wallace all started last year, with Wallace starting the final four games. Malzahn has known Frazier the longest from years of recruiting.

    Malzahn did not indicate any quarterback has an edge going into spring practice.

    "Kiehl is very familiar with what we're doing," Malzahn said today on ESPN's College Football Live. "We recruited him specifically for this system. Last year he went into a pro-style system, and for quarterbacks, they've got a comfort zone.  I really feel he'll be more comfortable in this offense."

    Malzahn was only asked about Frazier.
  • #72 by jbcarol on 01 Jan 2013
  • SC's Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson are early 2013 candidates for QB controversy.
  • #73 by jbcarol on 02 Jan 2013

    Chris Low: Gamecocks have their quarterback(s)

    A quarterback controversy brewing under Steve Spurrier?

    That’s like saying he’s been known to sport a visor on the sideline. It’s just the way the Spurrier rolls when it comes to his quarterbacks.

    To be fair, though, Spurrier looks at it differently than most people do. He’s going to play the best guy. He’s going to play the hot guy, and he doesn’t really care how many times he has to shuffle different guys in and out during the course of a season or even the course of a game.

    This much is clear coming out of South Carolina's 33-28 win over Michigan on Tuesday in the Outback Bowl: The Gamecocks have two guys at quarterback who can win, and you can bet they’re both going to play next season.

    Backup Dylan Thompson (if you really want to call him a backup) was again the hero for the Gamecocks, as he filled in for an ailing Connor Shaw and threw the game-winning 32-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds remaining.

    Thompson, who passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the 27-17 win over Clemson to close the regular season, was 7-of-10 for 117 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan. Shaw, who started the game, also played extremely well. He was 18-of-26 for 224 yards and two touchdowns and added 96 rushing yards on 10 carries.

  • #74 by jbcarol on 03 Jan 2013

    Channel 10: Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw to have foot surgery

    Shaw will go under the doctor's knife on Friday to surgically repair the foot sprain that has been bothering him all season.

    The junior quarterback appeared to have re-injured his foot during the Outback Bowl. During the game, he was spotted with a noticeable limp for many portions of the game.

    Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson came into the game during several series and even threw the game-winning touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines.
  • #75 by jbcarol on 04 Jan 2013
  • Connor Shaw will likely miss spring practice.
  • #76 by jbcarol on 07 Jan 2013
  • Bo Wallace will have shoulder surgery this week.

    Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hinted it was headed this way when we discussed it leading to bowl practice. It’s probable that Wallace will miss spring drills.

    Wallace played through the shoulder injury once he took the hit in the Tulane game. He finished the season 235-for-368 passing (63.9 percent) for 2,994 yards, 22 touchdowns, 17 interceptions.

    The touchdown passes are the most since Jevan Snead’s 26 in 2008 and the fourth-most in school history. Eli threw 31 in 2001, 29 in 2003.

    If Wallace misses the spring that obviously leaves lots of reps to develop other quarterbacks, most notably freshman Maikhail Miller.
  • #77 by jbcarol on 10 Jan 2013
  • If Jeff Driskel is really going to lead the Florida Gators, the time officially is now.

    With Jacoby Brissett deciding to transfer, Driskel can now call this his team. There's no more looking over his shoulder, and his teammates can stop wondering if there will ever be a quarterback controversy.
  • #78 by jbcarol on 11 Jan 2013
  • Richt reiterated that Mason is the No. 2 quarterback, and that he wants to get Mason some game action in 2013.

    But that doesn't mean a David Greene/D.J. Shockley type of set-up.

    "I'm not sitting here saying we're gonna do anything like that," Richt said, later adding: "Like I said before, Hutson's to the point where he certainly knows what to do. And he's ready for the next step, which is playing time. But like I said before, what that looks like I don't know."

    Murray and Mason are at least settled in the top two roles. But behind them are a bunch of quarterbacks whose role is yet to be determined: Christian LeMay and Parker Welch shared the No. 2 role this year, Faton Bauta redshirted, and Brice Ramsey is now on campus, having enrolled early.

    There is no pecking order yet, Richt indicated. "The other guys, they've still got things to learn and perfect, and get to the point where they're ready to go," Richt said.
  • #79 by jbcarol on 13 Jan 2013
  • Bill King: What can UGa do with all those quarterbacks?

    Murray returning was the best news Mark Richt could have gotten for the 2013 season.

    As for Mason, I’m sure he’s personally disappointed but deep down he’s got to know Murray as starter is best for the team. I expect we’ll see quite a bit more of Mason than we saw of the other backup QBs this season, though Richt has declined to commit to a David Greene-D.J. Shockley sort of rotation. As for the others, well, Welch is a former walk-on who is fine in mop-up duty. LeMay still hasn’t convinced me he’s ever going to compete for starter at quarterback. I think ultimately he might wind up switching positions, if he stays at UGA. Faton Bauta impressed a lot of folks with his work as scout team QB this year, and I think we might see him in the “Wild Dawg” in some red-zone situations. He’s another who could wind up being used in another position, possibly as a receiver. And I expect incoming freshman Brice Ramsey, who many have pegged as Georgia’s quarterback of the future, to redshirt this coming season while he learns the system.
  • #80 by jbcarol on 13 Jan 2013
  • Commit Jeremy Johnson says he's looking forward to getting in Auburn quarterback mix

    "I'm coming in and compete for the job," Johnson said Sunday. "I'm a competitor. I just want to do the best for Auburn."

    The Carver High School of Montgomery quarterback will be one of a handful of quarterbacks in Auburn this summer.  He'll join 2012 starters Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier, and perhaps commit Jason Smith, though he may be ticketed to play wide receiver.

    He said the weekend visit was for his parents to spend time with the coaches.

    Johnson has a visit to Ole Miss planned for next weekend, but said he'll talk to his parents about the trip.

    "I'm 100 percent with Auburn," he said. "This is where I want to be. Now is my time to recruit, to get players around me, skill position-wise."
  • #81 by jbcarol on 16 Jan 2013
  • A few days after Missouri's football season ended short of the postseason for the first time in eight years, Coach Gary Pinkel repeatedly made one point clear: The quarterback position is open for competition.

    "Everybody gets an opportunity," he said.

    Left unsaid in Pinkel's postseason state-of-the-program news conference was that "everyone" could include two incoming freshmen. It might be unrealistic to expect Trent Hosick or Eddie Printz, Jr. to unseat returning starter and senior-to-be James Franklin. Also in the way are backup Corbin Berkstresser, who started four games last season, and Maty Mauk, who redshirted in the fall.

    But Hosick and Printz will begin classes at MU next week and will participate in spring practices — and not merely as spectators. Both expect to compete immediately.

    "Competition is great," said Printz, a Marietta, Ga., native who was named first-team all-state by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the state's largest classification. "They're not going to recruit bad quarterbacks. The guys ahead of me are ballers. … But I'm glad I have the opportunity to come in and compete right away."

    Hosick's playing style isn't much like the drop-back-passing Printz's — Hosick ran for more than 3,600 yards the last two years at Staley High School — but he's coming to Missouri with the same approach.

    "The one thing that really makes me different is I bring an unwavering desire to win," Hosick said. "There's nobody in the country who's going to outwork me. Hopefully, the coaches and the players can buy into that and say, 'OK, maybe this is a guy we can rally behind. We can go and do something special.' "

    Missouri's quarterback situation is unusually uncertain as the Tigers prepare for their second season in the Southeastern Conference, perhaps more than ever during Pinkel's time at MU...
  • #82 by jbcarol on 19 Jan 2013
  • ESPN SEC Bloggers were just doing their job back in July when they issued this:

    As we get closer and closer to the 2012 college football season, it's time for one of the blog's most popular items -- position rankings.

    This is never easy. We go back and forth dozens of times before finding any sort of confidence in our lists. After checking with colleagues and people around the league, we come up with lists ranking each position and in the end someone gets upset. Someone has to be last and someone is always underrated or overrated.

    Such is life.

    13. Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin is working with a ton of inexperience at quarterback. Sophomore Jameill Showers has the edge, but he’s thrown all of five career passes. Things got even foggier for the Aggies when backup Johnny Manziel was arrested in late June and charged with disorderly conduct by fighting, failure to identify and having a fake driver's license. That leaves sophomore Matt Joeckel and true freshman Matt Davis with the chance to catch Showers.
  • #83 by jbcarol on 22 Jan 2013
  • Official
    Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says former starting quarterback Clint Moseley has left the team.

    Malzahn said Saturday night that Moseley remains in school at Auburn and is focusing on finishing his degree.

    Moseley started nine games the past two seasons but freshman Jonathan Wallace claimed the No. 1 spot late in the season.

    Onetime starter Kiehl Frazier also returns and Auburn has verbal commitments from two quarterbacks leading up to signing day.
  • #84 by jbcarol on 25 Jan 2013

    Before the year got underway, we took at look at nine players we thought had a chance to hit the 3,000-yard passing mark. Chris predicted that at least four would actually hit it, and he was right. The SEC produced just four 3,000-yards passers, which was two more than 2011.

    9. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas: Even with his head injury and the absence of Bobby Petrino, Wilson still managed 3,387 yards and 21 touchdowns. It was a very up-and-down year for Wilson, who threw 13 interceptions, but he still managed 308 passing yards per game.

    Who was overlooked:

    •Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: I mean, come on. No one saw this coming! He wasn't even supposed to be the starter until fall practice got underway. But the redshirt freshman shocked everyone with his record-setting, Heisman-winning year. Johnny Football passed for 3,706 yards, which was good enough for second in the SEC. He also threw 26 touchdown passes.
  • #85 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2013
  • Tanner McEvoy, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback from Arizona Western College, chose UW over Florida and Oregon.

    McEvoy signed with South Carolina out of high school and redshirted in 2011. This past fall he transferred to Arizona Western College...

    As of now, the Gators' two backup quarterbacks behind starter Jeff Driskel have no collegiate playing experience.
  • #86 by jbcarol on 07 Feb 2013
  • New UK OC Neal Brown was asked about his weapons at quarterback and how he expects to use the three-headed monster next season. Though many believe it’s going to be a battle between Max Smith and Patrick Towles, Brown said Jalen Whitlow will have just as much of an opportunity to earn the starting role. Brown expects the competition to last through the summer and into fall camp before a starter emerges.

    Brown said he prefers sticking to one quarterback over using a two-quarterback system, but he did hint at entertaining the idea of using Whitlow at times for mobility if one of the other guys is named starter.

    Fans can also expect a Wildcat package; Brown said he has always used the Wildcat for as many as ten plays per game at Troy and at Texas Tech.
  • #87 by jbcarol on 08 Feb 2013
  • Auburn Tigers picked up three new quarterbacks on National Signing Day -- Carver-Montgomery's Jeremy Johnson, McGill-Toolen's Jason Smith and JUCO transfer Nick Marshall.

    While a change in position could be possible for Smith and/or Marshall, Johnson will certainly remain a quarterback, which throws him in the mix that already includes Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace, who both struggled in their starts last season.

    More than 2,400 votes were cast, and 33.4 percent of readers believe the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Johnson should be used sparingly for learning purposes.

    Those who think Johnson will be named the starter made up 24.3 percent of the vote, while 21.8 percent believe he will be redshirted. Lastly, 20.6 percent of readers believe Johnson will be the second-string quarterback.
  • #88 by jbcarol on 10 Feb 2013
  • Pecking order in crowded group behind Alabama QB AJ McCarron won't be determined by seniority

    Among Alabama's seven -- yes, seven -- quarterbacks who will participate in spring practice, McCarron is the only one whose status is defined.

    There are three new additions -- Bateman, Parker McLeod and preferred walk-on Luke Del Rio -- to go along with the three who backed up McCarron in 2012 -- Blake Sims, Phillip Ely and Alec Morris.

    Behind McCarron, there's no such thing as seniority, Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

    "You probably look at it like, 'Well, this guy's been here the longest, so he gets the most chance,' Saban said Wednesday during his National Signing Day press conference. "If he's been here the longest, he's already had the most chances.

    "If he hasn't taken advantage of those opportunities, then somebody else has a turn at getting those chances."
  • #89 by jbcarol on 12 Feb 2013
  • Auburn’s quarterback position was a nightmare last fall, so it’s never too early to begin dreaming of who will fulfill the lead passer position in Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee’s QB-friendly offense in 2013.
    The incumbent is sophomore-to-be Jonathan Wallace, a Central-Phenix City product who started the final four games and set an Auburn freshman record for passing efficiency (139.60.)
    Another returner is junior Kiehl Frazier, Auburn’s 2012 passing leader with 753 yards in five starts and a disciple of Malzahn’s playbook at Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Ark.
    Wallace and Frazier are joined by three new signees last Wednesday: Carver four-star recruit Jeremy Johnson, Garden City CC gunslinger and former Georgia defensive back Nick Marshall, and McGill-Toolen athlete Jason Smith from Mobile.
    “We’re going to give all three of those guys a shot at quarterback, and they’re all very talented at that position,” Malzahn said on national signing day Wednesday. “As you’ve all seen in the past, the dual-threat type guys that can do a lot of different things – and keep plays alive – can be very successful with what we do.”
    Malzahn referred to Johnson as “one of the centerpieces offensively” of this 2013 class, which includes Smith, three solid running backs and four more receivers.
    “I think it’s perfect for Jeremy Johnson,” Fox Sports South and national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said of Malzahn’s offense.
    “We saw last year, the personnel just didn’t work with what Scot Loeffler wanted to do with that offensive scheme. I’m not sure Johnson would have been good in that system either … when you have a kid like that who’s used to playing in that 4- or 5-wide, 1-back or zero-back offense, Jeremy’s good with mobility. If Jeremy ever was looking around, I think when Gus Malzahn got the job, his looking was done. He knows he’s a perfect fit for that system.”
    Simmons went on to call Marshall a “high-risk, high-reward type of player”, referring to Marshall racking up both touchdowns and interceptions through the air.
    “Nick’s one of the best I’ve probably ever covered from an athletic standpoint,” Simmons said.
  • #90 by jbcarol on 13 Feb 2013
  • Lashlee: Auburn's hurry-up, no-huddle is flexible enough to fit talent

    What makes Malzahn's offense work with so many different types of personnel, Lashlee told the Montgomery Quarterback Club on Tuesday night, is that the coach's high school roots have taught him to adapt the scheme to fit his players.

    "We believe in playing fast, playing physical the entire game," Lashlee said. "At the same time, you've got to evolve, and we've done that over the years, we've changed things, we've tweaked things.

    "...Cam Newton...Ryan Aplin..."

    Using the shotgun and spread formations, Auburn will run out of two-back sets using smashmouth plays like the trap -- or the counter trey -- the zone-read, the veer option, counter and power.

    After establishing that base, the Tigers then stretch the field -- Lashlee said Auburn wants to take eight shots per game downfield -- and run trick plays or "special plays" in hurry-up, no-huddle terminology, to keep the defense off-balance.

    "It gets our playmakers the ball more, keeps the defense honest, we take shots down the field," Lashlee said. "A lot of good things can happen doing that. We're an aggressive, attacking style offense."

    And, of course, the hurry-up, no-huddle's core element is still based on speed.

    Expect Auburn to return to the breakneck pace of 2009...
  • #91 by jbcarol on 14 Feb 2013
  • Auburn has struggled to find a long-term, multi-year starter at the quarterback position in recent years but heading into Gus Malzahn's first spring practice as head coach...
  • #92 by jbcarol on 14 Feb 2013
  • State

    Returning starter: Tyler Russell (231-of-394 passing, 2,897 yards, 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions)

    Returning backups: Dak Prescott (18-of-29 passing, 194 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 32 rushes, 118 yards, 4 touchdowns)

    Losses: Walk-on Jamil Golden (academics)

    Recruits: Cord Sandberg (four-star); Damian Williams (three-star)

    Russell will be pushed by Prescott, who many fans want to see on the field in an expanded role next season. The rising sophomore has plenty to work on, specifically with his throwing motion and ability to “throw receivers open” like Russell, but his big body (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) and ability to run makes “Dak Attack” a fan favorite. The Haughton, La., native will see plenty of time with the first-team offense in the spring, and though he may not dethrone Russell he will certainly get a shot at competing for some valuable playing time.

    Depth is a concern at quarterback for the second consecutive spring, with only two scholarship players at the position. The addition of Cord Sandberg and Damian Williams could help in the summer and fall, but Sandberg could opt for fame and fortune of baseball if he is drafted in the first round of June’s professional baseball draft.

    “In getting to know Cord and his family, that’s a win-win situation,” MSU coach Dan Mullen says. “If he goes really high, if he goes in the first round of the baseball draft, hey, I’m happy for him, proud for him.”
  • #93 by jbcarol on 21 Feb 2013
  • Lashlee plans to offer Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace a fresh start

    Plenty of attention has been paid to Auburn's three signees at quarterback over the past two weeks, but when the Tigers open spring practice on March 27, only two scholarship quarterbacks will be in uniform.

    Frazier and Jonathan Wallace will have the first crack at impressing Gus Malzahn and new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who has made it clear in offseason interviews that every job on the offense is wide-open.

    Even if Frazier and Wallace will get a heavy workload in April.

    "There's two guys that are going to get a lot of opportunity in the spring," Lashlee said.

    Both Frazier and Wallace took a few lumps in 2012.

    Frazier, Auburn's starter for the season-opener, completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 753 yards, two touchdowns and eight interceptions and lost his job at halftime of Auburn's loss to Arkansas.
  • #94 by jbcarol on 25 Feb 2013

    What to watch:

    QB controversy: Quarterback Connor Shaw might be tabbed as the starter, but with him out for the spring, Dylan Thompson will take the first-team reps. Thompson proved to be very valuable last year, and both will play this fall. Thompson has become one of the most vocal players on the team and is a strong leader. A good spring could bring some real controversy to the position.
  • #95 by jbcarol on 26 Feb 2013

    What to watch:

    Brunetti's chance: Starting quarterback Bo Wallace will miss the spring while recovering from clavicle surgery. That means Barry Brunetti will get most of the first-team reps. He needs to become a better quarterback and give the coaches confidence that he can be the guy if something should happen to Wallace. Right now, he’s more of a runner playing quarterback. He’s a good enough athlete that he could play elsewhere on offense in the fall.
  • #96 by jbcarol on 28 Feb 2013
  • State quarterback Dak Prescott underwent surgery to repair a ligament in a big toe Tuesday and the backup is expected to at least be limited when State starts spring practices.

    MSU will be down to one healthy scholarship quarterback, starter Tyler. Prescott may participate in some drills while wearing a protective boot, but he is not expected to be available for scrimmages and contact drills.

    “He’s got too much time ahead of him to risk it,” said mother Peggy Prescott.
  • #97 by jbcarol on 02 Mar 2013
  • Riley Ferguson embraces Vols' quarterback battle

    The Tennessee quarterback signee from Butler High School near Charlotte, N.C., clearly has his gaze turned toward the competition he'll join this summer.

    Tyler Bray's early departure for the NFL left the Volunteers and new coach Butch Jones with just two scholarship quarterbacks: rising junior Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman.

    To reach his quota at the position, Jones solidified Ferguson's verbal commitment, pursued and landed Alpharetta (Ga.) High School's Josh Dobbs and handed a preferred walk-on spot to Charlie High, the record-setting passer from Christian Academy of Knoxville.
  • #98 by jbcarol on 05 Mar 2013
  • ESPN Poll: SEC QB with the most to prove this spring? (this fall?)

    Jeff Driskel at Florida. The rising junior had a very up-and-down sophomore campaign with the Gators

    Missouri's James Franklin, who went from having a breakout sophomore season in the Tigers' final year in the Big 12 in 2011 to barely getting through his first go-round in the SEC.

    Auburn's Kiehl Frazier

    LSU's Zach Mettenberger

    Tennessee's Justin Worley
  • #99 by jbcarol on 06 Mar 2013
  • QBs Shaw, Thompson will both play in 2013

    Spurrier liked what he saw from his quarterbacks in the Gamecocks’ first practice of the spring on Tuesday.

    Of course, one of the main guys wasn’t out there. Senior Connor Shaw, who started all but two games last season, is still recovering from offseason foot surgery.

    Junior Dylan Thompson is working with the first team this spring.

    Spurrier praised all of his quarterbacks Tuesday, including the three newcomers -- true freshman Connor Mitch, redshirt freshman Brendan Nosovitch and redshirt freshman walk-on Perry Orth.
  • #100 by jbcarol on 10 Mar 2013
  • Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman looking forward to 'open competition' for starting job

    At Tennessee, first-year players don’t typically talk to the media (although new coach Butch Jones could choose to relax that long-standing rule), so when redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman spoke to reporters Saturday after the Vols’ first spring practice, it was a crash course on the responsibilities of being quarterback.

    He faced a lot of questions, but he passed the test. If only a blitz could be handled so easily.

    Peterman said he was focused on “speaking the same language” as offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and paying attention to the details that he harps on.

    “They’ve made it clear it’s going to be an open competition,” Peterman said of UT’s coaches.

    A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Peterman is competing against junior Justin Worley for UT’s starting job.

    Worley has the edge in experience, but Peterman was aggressively recruited by Jones and Bajakian when they were at Cincinnati.