Bryan Harsin comments on Auburn QB battle after Saturday scrimmage
There are several quarterback competitions that have either fully shaken out across the SEC or are well on their way to finding an answer.
Auburn is among the schools still in the swing stage of figuring out who its starting quarterback will be. While there are other names in the competition, this is largely expected to come down to LSU transfer TJ Finley and Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada.
Head coach Bryan Harsin commented on the battle at signal-caller this week, saying that Calzada “was solid” after he threw a touchdown pass in the scrimmage but was also very complimentary of Finley’s performance. Finley was the leader of a 14-play drive that showed how in control of the offense he was.
“He understands what we’re trying to accomplish,” Harsin said in a report from Opelika-Auburn News. “He conceptually picks things up very quickly. Listens to the details and all the little nuances of the plays — what everybody’s supposed to be doing. If there’s a coaching point made, not just for him but for everybody, he’ll remember that coaching point and be able to echo it whenever it comes up, or remind guys.”
It will be interesting to see who takes the snaps as the starting quarterback this season with the competition still very much underway. Finley could be the guy after he showed flashes at LSU with a developable floor. Finley completed 54.7% of his passes for 827 yards with 6 touchdowns and 1 interception over 9 games for Auburn in 2021.