Gus Malzahn says Auburn’s QB competition is ‘wide open’

The Auburn Tigers struggled mightily in 2015 due to the lack of strong quarterback play and with Auburn set to have a lot of depth at the position for the coming season, coach Gus Malzahn told reporters that the competition for the starting job would be “wide open” once spring practices begin on March 1.

The Tigers rolled with Jeremy Johnson to start the 2015 season, but he was ineffective and lost the starting job to redshirt freshman Sean White, only to regain it once White was injured. Both young men combined for 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while putting in limited work on the ground.

It could be argued that Johnson and/or White (despite both being former four-star recruits) were just a placeholder at the position until a suitable successor for Nick Marshall was found, but the point is that both players should be getting into top shape ahead of spring practices. On top of rising sophomore Tyler Queen, Auburn has dual-threat quarterbacks in four-star talent Woody Barrett and JUCO transfer John Franklin III set to arrive on campus in 2016.

With that kind of depth, it’s certainly going to see how the offense takes shape over the next several months. Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from Auburn!

Can’t get enough of Campus Sports? Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to stay updated with the latest news and exclusive giveaways!

*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports