AUBURN, Ala. – For the second straight year, Auburn junior Clint Moseley will overtake the starting quarterback position in the middle of the season, Auburn associate AD Kirk Sampson confirmed Friday afternoon.
Moseley gets his first start of the season Saturday at Ole Miss, replacing slumping sophomore Kiehl Frazier
Frazier was the Tigers’ starter the first five games, but was yanked at halftime of last Saturday’s 24-7 loss to Arkansas in favor of Moseley.
Head coach Gene Chizik said as late as Thursday night he was still reviewing practice film to make a decision.
In 2011, Moseley replaced Barrett Trotter as Auburn’s starter after the first seven games. Moseley started the Chick-Fil-A Bowl but departed in the first quarter due to an ankle injury.
Moseley has prior success against the Rebels. In his second career start last season – and first at Jordan-Hare Stadium – Moseley completed 12-of-15 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns in Auburn’s 41-23 victory.
Moseley completed 13-of-21 passes, hitting Emory Blake from 21 yards out for the Tigers’ only score last Saturday. He later added two picks, his first career multiple-INT game, and was sacked four times in the second half by the Razorbacks in his first game action this year.
“I’ve been working hard for the moment, and I fully expected to win,” Moseley said postgame Saturday. “You know, we were right there. We get that touchdown, we were right there in the game, and then, it was just turnovers. There’s no way you can throw two picks in the red zone, lose a fumble and win a game against anybody.
“It’s disappointing offensively to turn the ball over like that. I mean, you know, we did some good things. I felt pretty good about my play before the two picks, I’d love to have those two back.”
Chizik said this week Moseley’s throwing shoulder wasn’t quite 100 percent, but close to it.
“He’s finally gotten his arm healthy,” offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. “He earned an opportunity to go an play, so we played him.”
A close buddy of Moseley’s, Frazier has completed 54.4 percent of his passes this year for 664 yards, throwing for just two touchdowns against eight interceptions. His 99.40 quarterback rating is the lowest among 13 qualified SEC passers.
“Whoever coach Chizik thinks will do better or whoever has the best matchup against Ole Miss, that’s who we’ll put in,” Frazier said after the Arkansas game. “I’m here trying to win as a team. If Clint gives us the best chance to win, I’m behind him 100 percent.”