Auburn QB competition down to two

DOTHAN (WIAT)--And then there were two. 

Wednesday night at the Auburn Ambush in Dothan, Gus Malzahn narrowed down his quarterback carousel.

“Joey Gatewood and Bo Nix are really 1, 1A,” Malzahn said. “One of those two guys will be our starting quarterback for our first game. They’ll compete during the summer and during fall camp and we’ll make a decision."

Apparently, Gatewood and Nix separated themselves from Malik Willis and Cord Sanberg enough in Malzahn's eyes during spring practice.

Nix is one of the team's most prized recruits. The son of former Tigers quarterback Patrick Nix, he was rated the nation's top-rated dual threat quarterback by the 247Sports composite rankings of the major recruiting sites. He led Pinson Valley to back-to-back Class 6A state titles while setting Alabama high school records for career total offense and touchdowns responsible for.

Gatewood is redshirt freshman who saw his only collegiate action in the Music City Bowl, running three times for 28 yards against Purdue with one pass that fell incomplete. He struggled in last year's spring game as an early enrollee like Nix. This time he was 8 of 12 for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Fall practice begins the first week of August.

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