Fall camp is finally here for the Auburn football program. After a grueling offseason that saw head coach Hugh Freeze and his new staff hustling on the recruiting trail, they will now turn their attention to getting the roster ready for the 2023 season.
Earlier this week, we at Fly War Eagle detailed a few questions that the Tigers will need to answer by the end of fall camp, and one of those questions centered around who will be the starting quarterback in Freeze’s first year on the Plains.
While Robby Ashford is entering Auburn football fall camp as the returning starter, many believe that former Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne is bound to win the battle for QB1 due to his proven experience and also because he was handpicked out of the transfer portal by Coach Freeze. However, with only 15 practices to see Thorne in action, Freeze explained his plan for the QBs during his first fall camp presser this morning.
Auburn HC Hugh Freeze said quarterbacks Robby Ashford, Holden Geriner and Payton Thorne will rotate evenly with the 1s, 2s and 3s through the first five practices
then they will “recalibrate” and tighten up the reps after that
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) August 3, 2023
All three of the QBs will start on even footing at the beginning of fall camp, and according to Justin Ferguson, Freeze plans to reassess things after the first five practices. Previously, Freeze said he would like the battle to be down to two quarterbacks by practice #10.
The Tigers’ head coach went on to say that there may not be a QB1 set in stone by September 2. There will be a starter, but if the stats in the first few games aren’t up to par there will likely be a switch. With so little time to prepare, that’s hardly a surprise.