Blake May Take The Field This Week

Backup quarterback Blake Field talks about this week's Auburn football game.

Auburn, Ala.--For redshirt sophomore Blake Field, it's important that he take each game very seriously, even though there is a good chance he won't set foot on the field in a game situation.

However, that is likely to change this week. With Auburn heavily favored to improve to 4-0 with a Saturday home game vs. the 1-2 Buffalo Bulls, this looks like the type of game that could mean playing time for the backups like Field.

Throw in the fact that starting quarterback Brandon Cox is recovering from mild knee and ankle sprains that he played through after being injured last Saturday vs. LSU, there is a solid chance that Field could make more than a token appearance this week.

"I have just been trying to see everything much more clearly this season," Field tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Coach (offensive coordinator Al Borges) told me even before we started two-a-days that you have to prepare every day like you are the starter. That is what I have been trying to do.

"He just told me to keep working hard," Field notes. "Like everybody says, you are just one snap away..."

That was almost the case on Saturday as Auburn moved to goal to go in the second quarter when on a second down pass play Brandon Cox was hit as he threw the football with the score 0-0. He went down and didn't immediately get back up as he felt a pop in his knee followed by numbness. The junior quarterback admits he was more than a little concerned.

With the crowd chanting his name, after team trainers checked him out Cox got to his feet and trotted to the sideline to the roar of Auburn fans. Instead of sending Field in immediately, head coach Tommy Tuberville called a timeout to group and to see if that would give Cox enough time to check his body parts to see if he could again on the next snap.

"When I saw Brandon get hurt I didn't think about myself," Field says. "I was thinking about Brandon first of all. He's our starting quarterback. A lot of people might think I would be excited, but I don't want anything bad to happen to him. He is the man and he is the controller of the field.

"Coach Tubs made a really good call calling the timeout," Field adds. "It was a good idea because our starting quarterback went down. I don't think there is a lack of confidence in me."

Field has added size and strength this year as a redshirt sophomore.

Cox was held out of Sunday's practice as he spent the day in rehab typing to work the stiffness out of his ankle and knee. Field got to direct the first team offense and says he felt good about how he handled the assignment.

"I think I am progressing like I should," says the coach's son from Thomasville, Ga., who played in five games last year with one start. When Cox became ill prior to the Western Kentucky game in 2005, Field was named SEC Freshman of the Week as he completed 17-31 passes for 237 yards and there touchdowns. He played in mop-up duty in four other games and did not throw a pass.

This season Field has played briefly vs. Mississippi State and that is it. He was able to go 4-4 passing for 28 yards against the Bulldogs.

If he gets the opportunity to throw the football around this Saturday vs. Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference, Field says he plans to be ready. "They look pretty good on film," he says. "They kind of remind me a little bit of Kentucky. I guess it is their colors."

After scoring just one touchdown in the victory over LSU last week, whoever is playing quarterback will be looking to get the offense moving into higher gear. "Coach Borges told us that this past weekend wasn't good enough," Field says. "He told us that we are going to get better."

The next chance to do that is at 1:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium as the Tigers and Bulls meet for the first time in a football game.

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