Starting Spots Still A Question Mark

Auburn, Ala.--The LSU football game to is creeping closer and closer and the Auburn coaches have still not decided who will be the starters at two key offensive positions.

"It is just amazing that we are about to go into a championship game and we're still talking about who will be our starting quarterback and tailback," Coach Tommy Tuberville said on Tuesday. "That usually doesn't happen."

Tuberville expected to have a starting quarterback named by Tuesday's press conference with a decision on the running back coming later in the week, but that is not the case. The third-year head coach said he is disappointed neither Daniel Cobb nor Jason Campbell has taken command of the position. He said he is pleased that QBs are competing hard.

"Everyone is wanting to get reps with the first and second teams and as long as you have competition you will be fine," the coach said. "It's (time to worry) when somebody says, ‘I'm going to give up and let the other guy have it.' and there has not been any of that."

Tuberville said the coaches put most of the game plan in for LSU on Saturday and Sunday and will focus their search on finding the quarterback who gives them the ability to score more points. There has been no time table set for the decision. Offensive coordinator and QB coach Noel Mazzone said the decision will probably be made on Wednesday.

With the Tigers working against LSU's formations being simulated by the scout teams, that will allow the AU coaches a chance to see which signal caller adapts best to the game plan they have installed.

As for the possibility of both players seeing action on Saturday, Tuberville said it could happen if necessary but prefers to stick with just one. "I hope we have one guy who goes out there and plays the entire game and plays a great game," he noted. "That would be my wish."

Ronnie Brown, Casinious Moore and Chris Butler could all see action on Saturday night vs. LSU at tailback, the position that freshman Carnell "Cadillac" Williamswas playing so well until he was injured in the Alabama game. "Carnell will be missed, but we have confidence in our other backs," Tuberville said. "We are looking for one to step up and take control of the number one job. Hopefully that will happen this week."

The winner of the 6:45 p.m. game (ESPN) will represent the SEC West in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 8th vs. Tennessee or Florida.

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