Payton Thorne, a transfer from Michigan State, has been named Auburn’s starting quarterback for their upcoming opener against Massachusetts on September 2nd. Thorne’s selection comes after a competitive battle for the starting position against returning starter Robby Ashford and redshirt freshman Holden Geriner.
Auburn’s head coach, Hugh Freeze, cited Thorne’s leadership ability and understanding of the offense as key factors in his selection. The Tigers’ passing game is undergoing improvements after ranking 119th in yards per game last season, with Thorne being seen as a potential solution to their passing woes.
While Thorne has been named the starter, Coach Freeze emphasized that Ashford will still have a role in the offense and expressed hope that all three quarterbacks will continue to compete and improve.
Thorne brings valuable experience from his time at Michigan State, where he served as a team captain and started 26 games, achieving a 16-10 record. He left Michigan State with impressive career stats, ranking in the top five in various categories such as touchdown passes, completion percentage, and passing yards.
A fifth-year senior, Thorne’s experience and leadership on the field will be crucial as Auburn aims to elevate their passing game and improve their overall performance in the upcoming season.