Gus Malzahn shares the latest on Auburn's QB competition following second scrimmage of camp
Auburn’s second scrimmage of training camp is in the books on The Plains and while progress is being made on the offensive side of the ball, Gus Malzahn is not ready to end his team’s quarterback competition.
True freshman Bo Nix and redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood continue to battle it out as Malzahn noted he has given each of them equal reps in recent days during two-minute prep.
“Both quarterbacks rotated equally in the two-minute (offense), and obviously, I think it’s great for our defense, too,” Malzahn noted on Wednesday following the latest Auburn practice.
While the quarterback competition is the biggest topic surrounding the program, Malzahn commented that his receivers failed to deliver a consistent performance in the second scrimmage, which resulted in the offense not having as good of a performance as they could have on the practice field. Aside from some drops, Malzahn appears to be pleased with the progression of his offense as the season opener approaches.
“Both quarterbacks rotated equally with more emphasis on throwing the ball this scrimmage — usually is, that’s by design,” Malzahn said. “Our receivers were a little inconsistent, had some big drops that would have really kept drives alive and probably put some points on the board. The offense overhaul, really rebounded (since the poor showing in the first scrimmage of camp), we are starting to look like an Auburn offense. If we could get over the inconsistencies with a few drops, I think we would have felt a little bit better about that.”
It was interesting that Malzahn made specific comments about his receivers because when asked about what he learned about his signal-callers following the team’s latest scrimmage, the Auburn coach remained mostly coy.
“Any time you scrimmage, like I said last time, it’s going to give you great information. But, sitting here today, I can’t tell you any more than I did last time,” Malzahn added. “Other than the fact we have two scrimmages now and we have more information.”
When it comes to a specific timeline for naming a starting quarterback, the Auburn coach said he will wait until it “feels right.”
“Whenever it feels right, and you want it to be really clear, that’s when you name (a starting quarterback),” Malzahn concluded.