Tuesday, October 18, 2011
QB Clint Moseley to start for Auburn at LSU
By Edward Aschoff
Auburn's passing game needed some sort of spark, so coach Gene Chizik made a change at the most important position on the field.
Tuesday, Chizik announced that sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley will take over for junior Barrett Trotter as the Tigers' starting quarterback when Auburn heads to LSU this weekend.
This will make the third straight week LSU has faced a new starting quarterback for the opposing team. Before Moseley, Florida's Jacoby Brissett got his first career start in a loss, followed by Tennessee's Matt Simms, who had his first start of the year with Tyler Bray sidelined with a broken thumb.
"We've been struggling offensively the last couple of weeks. I don't feel like that's a secret," Chizik told reporters Tuesday. "We need a spark there. I feel like in the second half of the Florida game, Clint came in and gave us somewhat of a spark when we needed it. I think he's earned the right for the opportunity to start, so he'll be starting in Baton Rouge Saturday."
"He's really stayed focused along the way. Certainly, during the last couple of weeks he's really tried to elevate his level of play in terms of preparing like a starter."
Moseley replaced Trotter to start the third quarter against Florida and completed 4 of his 7 pass attempts for a game-high 90 yards against the Gators. On the season, Moseley has completed 6 of 9 passes for 120 yards and hasn't thrown a touchdown or an interception.
Moseley is definitely more of an athlete than Trotter, who struggled during the last two games, throwing for 114 yards combined, with a touchdown and a pick. He can do a lot more with his feet than Trotter and could frustrate defenses with his ability to run.
Moseley's first order of business as Auburn's starter is to try and find holes in LSU's vaunted defense. LSU is giving up 177 passing yards a game, but the defense allowed just 228 total to Florida and Tennessee in the last two weeks.
"What does matter is how you handle the negative things," Chizik said. "Clint really hasn't had to deal with that yet. But Clint is very confident. He's going to get a chance to do it Saturday. He's going to get a chance to overcome any negatives and build on any positives."