QB Caudle Healthy and Ready To Practice

Incoming freshman Neil Caudle says he is healthy and ready to compete for the third-string quarterback role.

Auburn, Ala.--Quarterback Neil Caudle was one of the more highly rated quarterback prospects in the country when he signed with the Tigers in February.

Now that Caudle is in Auburn as practice begins on Wednesday, he and fellow freshman Steven Ensminger will be fighting just to make the travel squad.

"I don't know exactly," Caudle says about his role as a true freshman. "I've been told we're going to compete for the third spot. We don't know about redshirts. We're definitely going to work hard for the third spot and hopefully learn the offense."

Neil Caudle has been working out in Auburn this summer.

Last year's starting quarterback, Brandon Cox, returns as does the top backup, Blake Field. Third-stringer Calvin Booker transferred to Georgia Tech during the offseason, leaving the window open for either Caudle or Ensminger.

Caudle tore his ACL near the beginning of his senior season at Spain Park High School in Hoover. He also tore a ligament in his thumb on his throwing hand while playing baseball, but says he is ready to get to work on the Auburn intramural fields on Wednesday.

"My knee is completely healthy and the thumb is also healthy," he notes. "I'm at 100 percent with all injuries."

Caudle spent his summer much like the rest of the team after moving to Auburn early this summer--taking classes and working out. He also spent a lot of time with his new receiving targets in freshmen Tim Hawthorne and Terrell Zachery.

"I just finished my second class (Tuesday) so I'm done with class (until fall semester)," Caudle says. "Workouts have been great. It's been a great opportunity to get stronger and get used to the system. We've also had meetings that help us get a head start on the offense and the fall.

Caudle is shown in action at Spain Park High School.

"I think they're going to be really good players here," he says of Hawthorne and Zachery. "They've showed good potential and if they learn the offense and get some snaps under their belts they're going to have a big effect on the team. Terrell's probably a little more quiet than Tim. Tim's bigger and they both run good routes, have tremendous athletic ability and are both good all-around players."

Caudle is officially listed as an undecided major but plans on studying business administration.

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