I don’t know if you caught this yesterday, but Auburn’s backup quarterback, Joey Gatewood, bailed and put his name in the transfer portal. Gus is pretty nonchalant about it, or so he claims.
“He’s a fine young man, and I really appreciate everything Joey has done for our program. Everyone in our program will be rooting for him moving forward.”
At least as long as Nix stays healthy, anyway. Maybe the reason Malzahn is so cool about it is because he’s used to it by now.
Gatewood is now the seventh quarterback signee under Malzahn to either transfer, leave the team for other reasons or change position. He joins Sean White (dismissed), Jason Smith (moved to receiver, then to defensive back), Woody Barrett (transferred), John Franklin III (switched positions twice and then transferred), Tyler Queen (transferred) and Malik Willis (transferred). Only three quarterback signees under Malzahn have finished their college careers playing quarterback at Auburn: Nick Marshall (2013-14), Jeremy Johnson (2013-2016) and Jarrett Stidham (2017-18), with two of those being junior college transfers and the other, Johnson, finishing his career as a backup after being benched in 2015.
Man, judging by what Auburn fans have said over the years, there’s a lot of Heisman Trophy-level talent just wasted on the Plains. That’s some quarterback whisperer you’ve got there, Tigers.