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Suddenly, Auburn may have a quarterback and a coach at the same time.
Bo Nix was the last consistently decent quarterback Auburn had. He started from 2019-21 before transferring to Oregon, where he started and played well last year and is the returning starter.
Auburn tried LSU transfer TJ Finley in 2021 and to start 2022, but after a shoulder injury he never regained his starting job last season. He entered the transfer portal as a graduate this week, and could possibly land at Ohio State.
Robby Ashford finished last season as the starter, but he did not necessarily keep the job during spring drills after competing with freshman Holden Geriner.
In other words, first-year coach Hugh Freeze basically did not have a real starting quarterback after replacing the disaster that was coach Bryan Harsin following the 2022 season.
Now, he does. Michigan State two-year starting quarterback Payton Thorne is headed to Auburn.
Thorne started 12 games in the 2022 season for Michigan State, which finished 5-7. His numbers were not great either. Thorne finished 75th nationally in efficiency at 131.2 on 242-of-387 passing for 2,679 yards and 19 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
Payton Thorne Could Be The Answer At Auburn
But this is at least a start for Auburn. Thorne will have two years of eligibility remaining.
His 2021 season was better as he finished 11-1 as the starter and No. 47 in the nation in efficiency at 148.1 on 235-of-389 passing for 3,232 yards and 27 touchdowns against 10 interceptions.
Freeze had been looking for someone like Thorne for some time, and Thorne likely would have remained the starter had he stayed at Michigan State. His only competition was from previous backup Noah Kim.
And Thorne did not enter the portal until last Sunday – the last day to do so. Perhaps a lucrative Name, Image & Likeness deal happened.
And could Freeze be on his way?
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Not for nothing, but given his troubles playing against Rutgers and Indiana, I’m not sure facing Georgia & Alabama is going to be a world of change.