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Friday, July 24, 2009
Chizik not ruling out anyone in Auburn QB race

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

HOOVER, Ala. -- The Auburn quarterback race could go in any direction this preseason.

The Tigers will have seven quarterbacks on the roster, including three guys -- Kodi Burns, Chris Todd and Neil Caudle -- who have played. But coach Gene Chizik said he's going into preseason practice with an open mind.

In other words, don't rule out freshman Tyrik Rollison, who looks like a perfect fit on tape to run Gus Malzahn's spread offense.

"There's a unique dynamic there," Chizik said. "There's some older guys with experience. Some of them went through spring. One of them didn't. Then all of a sudden, you have some young guys coming in on campus. When you haven't locked down on a position and said, 'This is my starter,' that means it's up for grabs for everybody that walks through the doors.

"We would like to get that situation resolved. How long that will take, we don't know. Obviously the guys that have more experience have probably a little bit of a leg up. But that doesn't always tell ... the final tale."

My prediction is that three different players will take meaningful snaps for the Tigers at quarterback this season, including Rollison. But the opening-game starter? I'm going with Caudle. The wild card might be Todd depending on how healthy his shoulder is.