Who Will Be Auburn’s Quarterback in 2019?
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Joey Gatewood arrived on campus as the face of the future for the Auburn Tigers. After being recruited hard by over 20 top programs, the highly touted quarterback chose the Tigers over Florida State, Texas, and Oregon. At 6′-5″ and 233 pounds, the dual threat drew comparisons to Cam Newton, causing many to view him as the heir apparent to Jarret Stidham.
However, that was a year before Auburn signed Alabama’s Mr. Football, Bo Nix. The five star pro-style quarterback (6′-2,” 200 pounds) led Pinson Valley to back-to-back state championships the last two seasons. He, too, has been compared to a legendary Auburn quarterback: his father Patrick Nix.
After watching A-Day Saturday, I know the rest of the off season will be full of fan talk favoring one over the other. And sure enough, the campaigning for the favorite guy began almost immediately on Facebook and Twitter.
Gatewood fans were bolstered by postgame quotes from Auburn receivers, including Seth Williams, the A-Day offensive MVP, lauding the redshirt freshman. “I’m telling you. He’s another Cam Newton back there,” said Williams.
In truth, both quarterbacks made a strong case to be the starter. Despite sharing the position with three other QB’s, the two put up impressive numbers. Gatewood completed 8 of 12 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns while Nix was 11 of 17 for 155 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
I heard plenty of comments from fellow fans leaving the stadium Saturday on who should be the starter. But the only opinion that matters is Coach Malzahn’s. “I’m not ready to say right now anything other than we have good information, and next week we’ll assess everything to kinda see where we’re at,” said Gus. “We want some kind of order after spring, and I think that we’ll be able to get to that point.”
This writer just hopes “that point” comes before August and doesn’t linger into the first two or three games of the season.