Tuberville Expects Cox to Be Ready for Bulls

Comments from Tommy Tuberville and backup quarterback Blake Field are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Although backup quarterback Blake Field directed the first team offense in Tuesday's practice, Coach Tommy Tuberville says to look for Brandon Cox to be back in the starting lineup this Saturday.

Auburn will be looking to run its record to 4-0 with a 1:30 p.m. home game vs. the 1-2 Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference.

"He is going to play," Tuberville says of Cox, who suffered a knee and ankle sprain in the second quarter of Auburn's 7-3 victory over LSU last Saturday. After a timeout by Tuberville, Cox regrouped and didn't miss a snap. "He is going to get out there and go," Tuberville says.

Blake Field is shown in action last season when he started for Brandon Cox, who became ill prior to Auburn's victory over Western Kentucky.

Field says he had an extra busy Tuesday practice with the Tigers missing two quarterbacks. "Brandon was out there at practice, but he didn't participate in any of the (team) things," Field notes. "He was working with Arnold (Gamber) our trainer, but he will be back at quarterback on Wednesday.

"It was a little bit tougher practice for me because me and Neil Caudle were the only two quarterbacks out there with the offense because Steven Ensminger is sick," Field notes. "It was just me and Neil doing all of the individual stuff so it was a tiring day. Brandon is just sore and will be back ready to go. I think Steven got that little bug that has been going around. I heard he was throwing up. Pat Lee was sick on Saturday and couldn't play."

Brandon Cox is shown at Tuesday's practice. The Tigers will get back on the practice field for a late afternoon workout on Wednesday.

With the Tigers more than a 40-point favorite to defeat Buffalo as the Bulls make their first-ever appearance against an SEc team, it is logical to expect Auburn to use the game to give reserves some significant playing time if AU builds an early lead vs. the Bulls. That seems logical with a short turnaround week coming up with a Thursday road game at South Carolina five days after the Tigers face the Bulls.

"You would like to say you can play a lot of players, but we never approach a game like that," Tuberville says. "We want Brandon to go in and we are not a rolling ball of butcher knives right now on offense so we have to get better at running, throwing and blocking--all of it.

"We are not going to be able to do what we would like to do if we don't get better on offense," the coach adds. "You don't get better without practicing or playing. We want to go out and play a more balanced game this week. We want to be able to do some things that we haven't been able to do, but Buffalo will have something to say about that.

"We are approaching it as a game where we have to go out and get everyone ready to play and play hard-nosed football like we have been playing," Tuberville says.


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