From Six to Three – Auburn Quarterback Depth Suffers Another Hit
Woody Barrett was the nation's No.6 dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school. (photo: Julie Bennett/al.com)l
Auburn started the spring with six scholarship quarterbacks. Today, that number is down to three as redshirt freshman Woody Barrett announced he would be be transferring. Frankly, the move was not unexpected in some circles, including here at Track ’em Tigers.
After he received only six reps in the spring game and true freshman Malik Willis played most of the second half, there were questions about how long he would wait for a shot at starting. Then when Gus Malzahn said Barrett was fourth on the depth chart, the question became not if he would transfer but when. He’s the second QB to transfer this spring. Tyler Queen made the same move in March.
It’s a sad fact of today’s college football world that coordinators have a difficult time trying to keep all their quarterbacks happy. It’s a truism that those who play the position
want expect to start. When it looks like they will not get the opportunity to be the starter soon enough or have to wait too long, they transfer.
This leaves only Jarrett Stidham, Sean White, and Willis in the position. Sources say Willis would most likely have been redshirted since he only played the position two years in high school and needs a year to develop.
However, should Stidham and White go down with injuries, Willlis might be the starter and have to learn on the job. Either that or move John Franklin III back to quarterback. Hopefully there will be no injuries at the position in 2017.
As for Woody, we wish him well wherever he lands.