Auburn fans need to treat TJ Finley fairly

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Auburn fans are continuously disgruntled with the quarterback position.

TJ Finley, Auburn’s backup quarterback, saw action in the second half of a 60-20 blowout over Akron. Finley completed two passes for 22 yards. He also scored on a one-yard touchdown run.

Some fans took to social media to express their displeasure with Finley’s performance in the blowout.

Zac Blackerby of the Locked on Auburn podcast broke down on his latest episode why some fans on social media need to tamp down their expectations for TJ Finley in settings like the one he was in on Saturday night.

“A lot of people discredit TJ Finley quickly by saying that ‘this never really was a quarterback battle’ or that ‘TJ Finley looked lost out there,’ and I dont think thats fair to TJ Finley, because the game was over,” Blackerby said. “It’s a different mindset. Bo Nix had access to the opening script as far as playcalls go. He had access to the full playbook, Mike Bobo was calling a game trying score points while Bo was in. It’s just a different offensive mentality at that stage of the game. (Nix) had his starters around him, Finley did not. Let’s not act like Finley is some incompetent quarterback.”

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