Backup QB Excited As Season Opener Nears

Auburn, Ala.--If Auburn can build a big lead on Louisiana-Monroe like it did last season, it could be a big opportunity for young players like Dustin Goodwin to make their college football debuts this Saturday.

The Tigers will be heavy favorites to dispatch the Sun Belt Conference opponent, which will be at Jordan-Hare Stadium for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.

Goodwin was named the third string quarterback last week when the decision was made to redshirt true freshmen Blake Field and Calvin Booker.

"Everything is exciting with our opener being this week," Goodwin tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We still have a lot of stuff we have to do as a team, but it should be a lot of fun. We are still working trying to iron out some things."

Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Al Borges says he has been very pleased with what he has seen of the walk-on out of Demopolis High, who is a coach's son. "Dusty has a strong arm and is a real student of the game," Borges says. "I think he is going to do just fine."

Dusty Goodwin is shown at a preseason workout.

Borges is installing his version of the West Coast Offense since taking over as coordinator in spring training. "Our offense is a difficult thing to learn," Goodwin says. "It takes a lot of practice, a lot of preparation and you have to make a lot of mistakes to learn. It is a plus to have Jason (Jason Campbell) and Brandon (Brandon Cox) around. They know the offense pretty well. They are very good teachers and good friends."

Campbell says that Goodwin is a film room fanatic who studies everything that is happening in great detail. "I think you have to be concerned with details no matter what position you play," the walk-on says. "You need to play it the way it is suppose to be played, not just free-lancing or anything. You want to make the coaches happy and you want to make yourself happy. You want to try to be the best and not settle for being second best. I always figured the best players at each position pay attention to details because they want to be the best and do everything right."

Goodwin says the West Coast Offense has been challenging, but fun to learn. "I like it a lot. I think Coach Borges knows what he is doing. He is a very smart man and he has been around a while. He has been through some bad times and good times. He knows what he is talking about. He is a great coach. He enjoys this place. He loves being at Auburn. I think he is going to have a good time here.

"Coach Borges comes out with a good attitude every day," Goodwin adds. "He jokes around with you. He will get after you when you mess up, but that is what you want and that is what you need in a good coach."

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