Field Excited About Opportunity

Redshirt freshman Blake Field talks about his new role for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.–-The news came just before the quarterback meeting on Wednesday and it was the news that Blake Field had been waiting for much longer than Auburn football fans.

While he wasn't named the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers, Field earned the backup job to Brandon Cox with his performances in preseason practice at Auburn. Still he said that it was a goal to win the number two spot and he's excited now that it has happened.

"I have waited my whole life," the redshirt freshman said. "Daddy has pushed me every single day about this. He's pushed me and he says, ‘Don't stop working, don't stop working ever.' This is what happened.

"Whenever coach (Al Borges) told me I had this huge smile on my face. I couldn't help but smile. I have to realize that it can be taken away at any time. He's told me that and he said, ‘if you slack up any' and Coach Tuberville told me ‘if I hear any bad news.' He said ‘you've got it now hold on to it.' I'm going to try to do that."

Taught by his father, veteran Georgia high school coach Warren Field, Blake has been a standout since his freshman season. That seasoning has given him the confidence he needed to perform well at the most important of times. Field said that right away when he got the news he had to let his father know.

"Coach Borges said he was going to call him," Field said. "I sent him a text message. He's got this new picture phone and he sent me this funny text message back with a picture and everything. I kind of teared up a little bit when he called me back. I'm just excited, very excited."

Field is shown prior to Wednesday's practice.

An athletic quarterback with a strong arm capable of making all the plays, Field has gradually gotten more confidence in the pocket and has been making plays without a large number of mistakes when given the opportunity. Borges said that Field did just a little more than Calvin Booker and that was the difference.

"At the end of the day he was just a little bit ahead," Borges said. "It wasn't like it was way ahead, but in the last week he showed a little bit more consistency in his play. Calvin has shown some real flashes of brilliance and he's done some really nice things, so it wasn't an easy decision by any means. When it was all said and done, after looking at all the tapes and all the numbers, Blake was a little bit ahead. In the sense of fair play he should be picked as the second quarterback."

One positive for Field and Booker in their quest for the job was having repeated chances to work with the number one offense while starter Brandon Cox was resting a sore arm. For three days the duo basically split time with the first offense, which gave each of them a chance to feel what it's like to run the offense correctly. Field said the chance to work with the starters really took his game to another level.

"It helped a whole lot," he said. "Just how precise the number ones are helped me because it made me find out how precise this game was supposed to go and how quick it's supposed to actually be."

Borges agreed with that assessment and now that Cox is back and throwing the ball well in practice he said that it wasn't all bad that he missed some practice time. In the end it allowed both quarterbacks to improve and ultimately gave the coaches the chance to compare both on equal ground.

"I think it was a tremendous help and a help to our evaluation of them knowing that they were behind a good, solid offensive line and good running backs," Borges said. "That helped a lot."

Now Field takes the reigns as the backup to Cox, a position the left-hander was in just last season. "I have seen the improvement he's made since the beginning of the fall," Cox said. "At the beginning his head was spinning. He wasn't very comfortable in the pocket. You can definitely tell an improvement. He's learning the offense. He's not where he needs to be, but he's definitely improved. He's a lot more comfortable in the pocket."

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