|Clint Moseley's departure reduces the 2013 Auburn QB race by one participant. (US Presswire)|
A familiar face in Auburn's seemingly annual battles for the quarterback job, rising senior Clint Moseley has reportedly elected to skip one final duel for the starter's role and move on from the program.
The Birmingham News and other outlets reported Wednesday night that Moseley will forgo his final season of eligibility and focus on graduating from Auburn. A redshirt junior, Moseley appeared in one game as a freshman before competing for the starter's job with Barrett Trotter in 2011 and Kiehl Frazier in 2012.
Though Moseley lost both of those battles, Trotter's and Frazier's struggles meant he would eventually be called off the bench both seasons, finishing his career with nine starts, 1,173 passing yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions. His best game came as a sophomore vs. Ole Miss, when he completed 12 of 15 passes for four touchdowns in a 41-23 win.
His departure will help clear the path for both Frazier and true sophomore Jonathan Wallace, who started the final four games of Auburn's disastrous 3-9 2012 season. Four-star quarterback commitment Jeremy Johnson could also work himself into the mix.
Moseley represented a kind of veteran security blanket who's already familiar with Gus Malzahn's system -- having spent his first three years at Auburn under Malzahn's tutelage -- and even a potential tutor for the likes of Johnson and Wallace. The loss isn't a major one no matter how you slice it (Moseley's lacking mobility was always a problem for a system that prefers its quarterbacks be a running threat), but it's not an insignificant one, nonetheless.
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