Hugh Freeze evaluates Auburn's QBs, suggests starter for Georgia
Questions at the all-important quarterback position are not exactly the questions you want to be answering on the Monday before playing 2-time defending national champion Georgia.
But that’s where Auburn is at right now, and that’s what Tigers head coach Hugh Freeze was doing 5 days before the 4-0 Bulldogs invade Jordan-Hare Stadium to face a 3-1 Auburn team that’s reeling a bit after last Saturday’s 27-10 loss at Texas A&M.
Auburn HC Hugh Freeze asked if Payton Thorne is still QB1: "We're still wading through that. But that's probably where we'll land this week."
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When asked if junior Payton Thorne is still his starting quarterback going into the Georgia showdown, Freeze leaned toward the Michigan State transfer but wasn’t able to firmly commit to him.
“We’re still wading through that,” said Freeze. “But that’s probably where we’ll land this week.”
Thorne threw for just 44 yards and finished with 11 carries for minus-34 yards against the Aggies in a forgettable conference opener that dropped the Tigers from the ranks of the unbeaten. It was an eye-opening performance for all the wrong reasons for Thorne, who threw for 282 yards and ran for 123 more the week before in a blowout victory over Samford.
Freeze also used sophomore Robby Ashford, who was 1-for-4 passing for 4 yards, and freshman Holden Geriner, who was 2-for-7 for 8 yards, in the loss to the Aggies. Texas A&M made life miserable for all of Auburn’s quarterbacks on Saturday, piling up 7 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
Hugh Freeze on Auburn's quarterbacks: "I feel like we have let them down because of all the other components that go in the passing game."
Freeze said he's not ready to make a final decision on his quarterbacks, who have been inconsistent. "We're still a work in progress with…
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Freeze came out in support of his quarterbacks on Monday.
“I feel like we have let them down because of all the other components that go in the passing game,” said Freeze, who will eventually have to make a decision on a starter against Georgia.
“We’re still a work in progress with the roster that we have,” he admitted.