Auburn QB Moseley ready for another shot
by Charles Bennett
cbennett@annistonstar.com
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AUBURN — After an inauspicious debut, the good news for Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley is that his first start won’t be his last.

Despite six sacks, he completed 12 of 20 passes for 145 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception in Auburn’s 45-10 loss to No. 1-ranked LSU.

Not bad, under the circumstances.

“He did not panic,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Sunday. “I’m very proud of him for that. I mean as much pressure as he was under all day long, I don’t think he panicked at all. And I think he pressed forward and kept moving and stayed positive. That was good to see from him.”

The one interception was a bad one. Ron Brooks intercepted a pass in the flat and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. Moseley said it was a bad read.

“Obviously, the interception’s the only thing I could think about,” Moseley said when asked to assess his performance. “That was just on me, and there’s really no excuse, no one to blame but myself. That’s really the biggest thing that sticks out from the whole game for me. That’s something I’ve just never got to do again. It’s pretty simple. I just can’t make that mistake. They baited me into it, but now I’ll be able to see that next time and protect the ball better.”

Moseley was making his first career start after Barrett Trotter started the first seven games of the season for the Tigers.

Auburn has been struggling to score points of late, and while the Tigers didn’t fare any better in that department under Moseley, both he and Chizik saw things to build on.

“The biggest thing I noticed after watching the film was, it was never like a complete meltdown,” Moseley said. “Obviously the score doesn’t indicate that, but it was always just one or two people missing their assignment. We were very close a lot of the times. Yeah, they were very good. There’s no denying that. They just beat us a couple of times.

“That’s just something we’ve got to change. We’ve got to fix that. I don’t want to say it wasn’t that bad. It was awful. But we were a few plays away, a few blocks away, just little things, from scoring a lot more points than we did.”

Auburn managed only one touchdown all day, that coming on a 10-play, 86-yard drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in a 2-yard scoring run by tailback Onterio McCalebb.

“There were some things that happened on the last drive that I thought were good in terms of moving the football,” Chizik said. “Obviously it was too little and too late, but were some positives in there for Clint to draw from.”

Moseley spent a lot of time Saturday picking himself up off the ground after getting knocked flat by the LSU defense.

He spent a lot of time Sunday nursing the soreness out of his body.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been hit like that,” Moseley said. “It’s actually been 20 years, since I’ve never been hit that hard that many times. They got me pretty solid a few times. I was sore, but nothing’s hurt. It’s just something that I’ll get in the training room and get it better before next week.”

It wasn’t exactly the easiest spot to debut — on the road against the No. 1-ranked team in the nation in one of the most hostile stadiums in college football.

Moseley figures he can only benefit from the experience.

“I’m still learning, and that was a learning situation,” he said. “That’s got to be one of my toughest starts of my career, probably the toughest, in arguably the No. 1 toughest place to play, against the No. 1 team in the country. There’s not much more you can put on that to make it any more dramatic. To go through that and come out alive, basically — I don’t want to be that dramatic — but mentally fine, I was able to keep my composure the whole time. It’s good to get the toughest start out of the way first.” 

Chizik said he expects improvement on Saturday against Ole Miss.

“There are some things in there that we can build on in terms of trying to execute certain things the right way,” he said. “I felt like when we gave Clint time to throw he made some throws. I think he made some throws at times when he didn’t have time. There are some things you can look at on film and say we did a nice job of. The fact of the matter is we just got beat. We don’t take that lightly. We have to improve.”
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