Kelcy Luke Trying To Make A Move At Quarterback

Redshirt freshman Kelcy Luke is in a battle for the No. 2 quarterback job.

Auburn, Ala.--Locked in a two-man battle to become number two on the Auburn quarterback depth chart, Kelcy Luke knows this is an important week of football practice regarding his chances of playing for the 2004 Tigers.

The redshirt freshman from Central High in Phenix City is looking to impress his new position coach and offensive coordinator Al Borges, the man who will decide whether Luke or Brandon Cox will move into the No. 2 QB slot behind senior Jason Campbell.

"Kelcy is doing good," Borges tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is learning on a daily basis. He is a bright kid. You know, he doesn't talk much so sometimes you don't know until you get on the field what is getting through and what isn't. He has corrected some of his mistakes from one day to the next. Somebody like that is always going to improve."

Kelcy Luke drops back to pass in Wednesday's practice.

Luke spent last fall running the scout team offense. He made steady progress while being redshirted and was expected to challenge Josh Sullivan, the returning No. 2 quarterback, for the backup spot. However, Sullivan decided on Sunday to put away the football pads and concentrate on baseball.

"It is a good opportunity for me," Luke says. "I know that I have to go out there every day and work hard, step up and get better and better."

Following the first four spring practices, Luke has stayed late to polish his passing or other QB skills. "I am working on getting the ball out quicker on pass plays and I am trying to improve my footwork," Luke notes.

Borges says that the six-foot, 199-pound redshirt freshman is definitely in the hunt for the number two spot as he battles improving Brandon Cox. Borges says, "Kelcy has good athletic ability and has a quick throwing arm--not a powerful arm, but he seems to be very accurate and that is all it takes in this offense. You don't have to be able to throw the ball through a wall.

"He is working on his footwork," Borges adds. "You are trained from the waist down as much as you are from the neck up. You have to position your feet to throw the ball. I think that is the thing we are working on the most with him."

Luke says Borges' system, which is based on the West Coast Offense, seems to fit what he does. "I would say most of it is suited to me," Luke notes. "Getting outside the pocket on boots and play-action passes is an important part of the offense."

Luke says that Borges is doing a good job of teaching him the new offensive system. "It is broken down more," he says. "I already understand the offense more than I did last year."

Auburn has spent a good bit of practice time throwing deep passes. Luke says he enjoys that part of his assignments. "Every quarterback loves throwing the deep ball," he says with a smile.

It is a busy week for everybody on offense, particularly the quarterbacks. "Right now we are installing a new part of the offense every day," Luke says. "I am going to be focused at all of the practices and do everything I need to do."

Luke adds that he believes that Borges is a knowledgeable coach and the new offensive system looks promising for the Tigers. "I think it will be real fun to watch," he says. "Jason is going to have a lot of opportunities to pass the football and we should be able to run it, too."


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