Based on experience, Moseley is the guess for starter. However, he did not participate in spring practice as much as Frazier due to a sore shoulder, and the extra time may be the deciding factor. He has proven himself a quarterback that can win in the SEC. If he can improve his efficiency and ability to make decisions on the fly, he may get a crack at the starting job. He completed 66-108 passes in the 2011 and five touchdowns to three interceptions. He also had a quarterback efficiency rating of 133.06.
Frazier is the overwhelming favorite to win the quarterback battle. He threw only 12 passes in2011, but proved his worth with his feet when his number was called. During the off season, Frazier grew not only physically, but also as a leader on the field. Loeffler’s offense is focused on getting the ball to the star players. If Frazier gets his shot, we could see many connections with Lutzenkirchen, Blake and Trovon Reed. One of the most encouraging things said about Frazier’s improvements and abilities is his arm strength.
Coming off of a 2011 season where his numbers weren’t much flashier than 2010, as well as surgery on a torn labrum, expect Lutzenkirchen to have a big year. The biggest change to the offense from last year is the addition of the prototypical fullback Jay Prosch. Prosch will assume the role of lead blocking and protection, allowing Lutzenkirchen to get downfield and attack the seam. Lutzenkirchen will have more opportunities and likely be the No. 2 receiver behind Emory Blake.
McCalebb’s biggest asset heading into the season is his experience. His biggest competition in 2010 and 2011, Michael Dyer, has been dismissed from the team. Another advantage is Loeffler’s pro-style offense. This offense utilizes the tailback more than Guz Malzahn’s did. Expect McCalebb to have more carries than the last two seasons, but unless he puts on more weight, they will mostly be outside of the tackles. His biggest competition this year will come from sophomore Tre Mason.
Anchoring the defensive line will be Lemonier. The best part of his game will be his ability to pass rush. He is fast and good at getting extension with his hands. He is entering the season 20 pounds heavier than last year, an advantage when facing larger tight ends. He has room to improve in his run defense. If Lemonier can stay explosive off the line and disrupt plays at the line of scrimmage he will become a more balanced defensive end and potentially one of the best in the SEC.