Auburn football spring practice will mostly revolve around quarterbacks

Things have been nonstop for Hugh Freeze ever since he was hired as the head coach of the Auburn football program at the end of November of last year. From the moment he took the position, Freeze has been focused on recruiting, transitioning from the 2023 class to classes of 2024 and beyond.

February brings on a recruiting dead period in the world of college football, meaning that in-person communication with recruits is not allowed, though electronic communications may continue. Although recruiting never stops, the new coaching staff will be far less busy with recruiting than the past several months.

However, with only a couple of weeks until the Tigers begin an early spring practice on February 27, there really will not be a break for the coaching staff. Instead, they will focus on what the priorities are for spring practice, and high up on the list will be assessing the quarterbacks ahead of the second transfer window before the summer, per The Montgomery Advertiser:

“The sample size for that is pretty small if they weren’t under some type of duress, or maybe it was more of a move-the-pocket scheme. So, I’m anxious to get into spring and kind of see how they handle that, and then I’ll go from there with what we do in the second portal window.”

Freeze and the Tigers have yet to pull in a transfer quarterback, missing out for whatever reasons on several targets in the first transfer window. Robby Ashford showed glimpses of major talent last season, but also struggled with some simple aspects of being a quarterback. TJ Finley won the starting job, but missed out on the second half of the season after being pulled due to injury early on. Redshirt freshman Holden Geriner will be entering his second year on the Plains, and 2023 QB Hank Brown will begin his college career.

By the end of spring practice, Auburn football fans should have a much clearer picture of what the quarterback room will look like this fall.