Tigers Name Back-up To Brandon Cox

Auburn announced its back-up quarterback for the season opener against Georgia Tech.

Auburn, Ala.–-The wait for the back-up quarterback job is over for the Auburn Tigers as Wednesday Coach Tommy Tuberville announced that redshirt freshman Blake Field had earned the second-team spot ahead of fellow redshirt freshman Calvin Booker.

Coming into the 2005 preseason it was thought that Booker was the odds-on favorite to win the job after a strong spring, but Field has played very well in his action this fall and showed the coaches he's ready to be given a shot at the job. Much of that is because of his play with the first-team offense while starter Brandon Cox was out because of a tired arm.

Blake Field has shown the ability to throw the ball down the field and also elude trouble in the pocket.

Working with the starters, Field was impressive and looked to be in control of things when he was on the field. The son of a well-respected football coach in Georgia, Field has knowledge of the game and that has been evident in his work this preseason.

The 6-2, 200 Field was a four-year starter in high school, the last coming at fabled North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. He threw for over 5,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career and was an all-state punter as a senior in addition to his duties at quarterback.

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