Moseley Excited About His Opportunity

Clint Moseley

Clint Moseley discusses his play and the play of the offense and also teams forcing him to throw the ball and trying to take away the run.

Auburn, Ala.—The name of the game is stop the run and make the quarterback beat you. No it's not a description of the LSU-Alabama tilt this weekend, but basically every game plan the Auburn Tigers have faced this season on the way to a 6-3 start. With two starts under his belt Auburn sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley said he knows that's what he'll face next weekend at Georgia and he wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's not as bad as maybe I make it seem, but I have been doubted a lot of times before," Moseley said. "It doesn't change my mindset. I really do like it like that. A lot of people back home said I would never play and I'm playing. Now they are stacking up the box to stop the run. It makes it fun for me, it really does."

Last weekend the Ole Miss Rebels tried just that against Moseley and the Tigers and came up empty. Completing 12-15 passes with four touchdowns the Leroy native was able to hit some throws down the field even with the Rebels locked and loaded at the line of scrimmage. Once that happened it opened up the running game as sophomore Michael Dyer pounded out 177 yards on the ground.

The ability to run the football and set up the passing game is important in just about any offense, but in Gus Malzahn's run/play-action system it's imperative. Moseley said that's something that has him confident about the offense right now is how the line and backs performed in last Saturday's win.

"It's big for me," Moseley said. "I'm not 100 percent sure but I'm probably 95 percent sure that everybody's game plan is to stop number five. I have only started twice so they probably want to make me beat them. If our line is blocking like they did last week it's going to be really hard for them to stop Mike even if they know it's coming. That really opens it up for me."

Moseley and the offense will face a Georgia defense that has played well this season, including holding Florida to negative rushing yards last Saturday and hounding quarterback John Brantley the entire game. After facing LSU's blitzing attack two weeks ago on the road Moseley said he's prepared for anything he'll see in two weeks in Athens.

"I've gone against LSU," Moseley said. "My nerves weren't too bad then. I'm not nervous at all. I'm very confident in what we can do, especially coming off last week. I'm not nervous at all."

Playing almost exclusively until late in the game with the decision no longer in doubt, Moseley was able to establish a rhythm at quarterback and it proved to be huge for both he and the offense. He said the big thing is making a play for a first down or a big gainer and being able to capitalize on the momentum while still in the game.

That will be big for Auburn next Saturday against Georgia as the Tigers will be looking for their first win in Sanford Stadium since a 31-30 thriller in 2005. If they pull off the win it will likely be because Moseley was able to make some plays in the passing game with the Bulldogs putting the pressure on him to do so. Moseley said coming off a game like Auburn had against Ole Miss makes for a confident team heading into the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, but there is still plenty of work to be done between now and kickoff.

"Overall scoring 41 points it's tough to say it was a bad night," Moseley said. "At the same time there were things we did that were real stupid. The penalties are something we have to cut back on. We had some big plays and we ran the ball well. Overall it was a good night, but there are still things we need to correct."

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