Chizik: Quarterback battle is wide open

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gene Chizik said the quarterback battle is wide open going into preseason camp.

He said the advantage goes to the guys who have had practice repetitions in Gus Malzahn's offense during the spring. That likely
means juniors Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle, who emerged ahead of redshirt freshman Barrett Trotter.

Trotter then tore a knee ligament in practice.

Chizik said the status of Trotter - along with other injured players Mike McNeil and Aairon Savage - is still uncertain. He also shed little light on receiver Tim Hawthorne, who hurt an ankle during the summer.

Chizik said receiver Montez Billings will definitely play in the fall, but that they are still working out some issues. Billings missed the spring due to academics, though he graduated in May.

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