Hugh Freeze on Auburn football adding a transfer QB: 'I'll know a lot more after spring practice'
AUBURN — Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze told media in December he was interested in adding a transfer quarterback under certain conditions.
"If it's the right one that we believe we can win games with," he said of combing the portal for a QB. "We've gone back and forth on our rankings of them and we're kind of looking at that list right now and in conversations with the next man up. Hopefully, we'll get the right one."
Fast forward six weeks and the Tigers haven't acquired one.
"We entertained a few quarterbacks, in my mind, in the first portal window, but never felt great about many," Freeze said Thursday. "There were a couple that we did, but they didn't pan out for whatever reason here at Auburn, and I was OK with that, honestly. I'm excited to work with the ones we have."
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Auburn returns three quarterbacks who got on the field last season: Robby Ashford, Holden Geriner and T.J. Finley. Ashford started the final nine games after Finley started the first three. Geriner saw action against Missouri when Ashford got hurt and Finley was out with an injury.
Asked again about bringing in a portal quarterback, Freeze wasn't definitive in his response.
"I think I'll know a lot more after spring practice," he said. "Truthfully, when I watched the cut-ups that I've watched, man, it's hard. It's hard for me to adequately judge quarterbacks if they're not afforded the opportunity to stand in the pocket and make reads and make different throws for a decent percentage of time.
"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."
That second window for players to enter the portal is from May 1-15. Until then, the quarterbacks on Auburn's roster will have a chance to prove to Freeze that his starter is already on campus.
"I think it's impossible for you to be a great quarterback and not assume the role as a leader," Freeze said. "Well, what does that look like? It certainly doesn't look like that there's no one in that locker room that wants to follow you. And it certainly doesn't look like someone who gets rattled every time something doesn't go exactly right. ... That's not what my SEC quarterback's gonna be."
Richard Silva is the Auburn athletics beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. He can be reached via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @rich_silva18.
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