Little Known Tiger Secures No. 3 Quarterback Spot

Al Borges comments on his pick of the number three quarterback.

Auburn, Ala.--Although the two incoming freshmen have gotten most of the backup snaps at quarterback this preseason, a little known walk-on will be the third string quarterback on opening day.

That is the word from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Al Borges. "Blake Field and Calvin Booker are going to work with the scout team and our plan right now is to redshirt both of those players," Borges says. "Dusty Goodwin is the number three quarterback. He hasn't gotten as much work as the other guys, but he is ready to handle the position, I believe."

Goodwin was a prolific passer for his father two seasons ago at Demopolis High. He walked on to the Auburn team in the spring and has shown a lively arm and a good understanding of the game. He is a 6-1, 203 pounder.

"Dusty is a coach's son and he picks up things very quickly," Borges says. "He also has a strong arm and understands what we are doing with our offense."

Dustin Goodwin joined the Auburn football team for winter workouts earlier this year and participated in spring drills.

Jason Campbell, who was held out on Wednesday's practice with flu-like symptoms, was back in action on Thursday to reclaim his number one spot. Brandon Cox, the redshirt freshman who worked with the first team on Wednesday, will enter the season as Campbell's backup.

Campbell, who is a fifth-year senior and the returning starter, agrees with Borges that Goodwin is a student of the game. "Dusty is a patient guy," Campbell notes. "He stays in the film room and does a lot of studying of what we are doing.

"Dusty is patient because he doesn't get a lot of reps out on the field," Campbell adds. "I really pay attention to details and I know he sits there in the film room and really pays attention, too. If his number is called, he has to understand what to do. I really have a tremendous amount of respect for what he does."


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