Auburn football: SDS says Robby Ashford provides stability as QB option

Robby Ashford could have special packages designed for him in 2022 (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Robby Ashford could have special packages designed for him in 2022 (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

As A-Day approaches for Auburn football, the most burning roster questions revolve around the uncertainty at certain positions.

No position is more uncertain than quarterback. The QB battle has been trimmed down to just four names with Dematrius Davis’ transfer, but there are still several different paths the Tigers offense could go down in 2022 and beyond.

While certain pockets of Tiger fans will certainly offer resistance to T.J. Finley returning as QB1 in 2022, naming him the starter is the path of least resistance. Finley has already played two seasons against the SEC West and finished the 2021 schedule as the starter for both the Iron Bowl and Auburn’s bowl game.

Saturday Down South’s Dave Hooker sees it completely differently, though. He called Robby Ashford the QB option that provides ‘stability’:

"Ashford has 4 seasons of eligibility remaining and was a 4-star prospect coming out of high school. If he’s as good as high school analysts projected, he should be able to at least compete with Finley.If Auburn’s coaches want stability for the future, Ashford can check that box as well. The fact that Finley hasn’t been named the starter should give Ashford hope that he can also eventually become the starter."

Auburn football QB Robby Ashford’s years of eligibility remaining give him hope to one day be the starter.

Dematrius Davis must have seen the writing on the wall in spring camp with Robby Ashford showing out in drills. Ashford, like Davis, has four years remaining, and could have conceivably stayed ahead of the North Shore product for the entirety of his time left on the Plains.

As long as Bryan Harsin continues to leave the door open for a QB competition, Ashford has a chance to usurp Finley as the starter. It doesn’t seem likely at this point, but neither did Bo Nix ever leaving Auburn.

A-Day is Ashford’s chance to kick that door down in style. Should he prove able to stay in the pocket, throw with poise, show a good understanding of the playbook, and show a general knack to make plays, it’ll be hard to deny the Hoover product the homecoming happy ending he is looking for. Especially if Finley continues to struggle under center.