Chizik Will Do Things His Way
By Jay Coulter /firstname.lastname@example.org on August 20, 2012
With kickoff less than two weeks away, Auburn’s starting lineup is becoming more settled; at least that’s what we’re led to believe. With practice guarded like Fort Knox, for all we know, Emory Bellard has been on campus putting in the wishbone. Then again, I think Emory may be dead.
So is the world of Gene Chizik heading into his fourth season. A man of few words, Chizik won’t even acknowledge the obvious – that Kiehl Frazier is the starting quarterback. If reports are accurate, Frazier has taken nearly all the snaps with the first team for the last two weeks.
So why wait to name a starter? The simple answer is there’s no rush. Better to keep Dabo Sweeney guessing. Right?
Phillip Marshall, writing for Auburn Undercover yesterday, pointed out that Chizik has always been this way when naming a quarterback.
“Quarterback-wise, we don’t have any separation. They all did some nice things. We aren’t going to decide on who the starter is until it’s the right time. We are going to stay on the evaluation process and when we’re ready to do that, we will.”
If you think that quote was from Chizik talking last week, then you are wrong. As Marshall points out, that was Chizik speaking back on August 14th of last year, as he discussed Auburn’s open quarterback battle.
Four days later, he named Barrett Trotter the starter.
For all the conspiracy theorist out there that believe true freshman Jonathan Wallace is going to emerge in Atlanta as the starter, forget about it.
History tells us otherwise.
The Auburn coaching staff has been just as quiet discussing other parts of the depth chart. Looking for a place to worry? Start with the offense line. It’s becoming clear that offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will start freshmen and sophomores at four of the five upfront positions.
What about the seven reserves behind them? They are all freshmen and sophomores.
Looking for something to make you feel good? Junior Nosa Eguae will not crack the starting lineup at defensive end. Those roles will be filled by juniors Dee Ford and Corey Lemonier.
While Eguae won’t officially be a starter, look for him to get almost the same number of snaps as Ford and Lemonier.
Coaches have given the players two days off, with everyone returning to practice Tuesday to begin preparations for Clemson on September 1st.