Tigers Short A Pair of QBs at Saturday Session

The Tigers hit the practice field for the first of two football practices on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--Saturday morning's fifth full squad preseason practice was a very light workout compared to the previous session on Friday evening as the Tigers spent an hour and half in teaching sessions with their position coaches.

A heavier duty workout with shoulder pads is on the schedule for 5 p.m. at the intramural complex later in the day.

The Tigers are currently down to four quarterbacks. True freshman Brandon Cox, who is suffering headaches as a hangover from an automobile traffic accident, was a no-go for the third straight day and is not expected to practice this evening. Tiger coaches are not certain when he will be back on the field.

Walk-on true freshman Patrick Brown of Lassister High in Marietta, Ga., has decided not to play football, but he will attend Auburn as a student this coming semester. That leaves the Tigers sixth-year senior Daniel Cobb, redshirt sophomore Jason Campbell and true freshmen Wesley Hill and Josh Sullivan as the quarterbacks.

QB coach and offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino says that Brown would have been given a chance to run the scout team this fall if he had elected to stay on the team. Petrino will soon have to make his selection of a starting quarterback in the competition between Campbell and Cobb that currently looks too close to call. That decision could come after a scrimmage scheduled for next Saturday.

Jason Campbell throws a pass in Saturday morning's workout. No. 13 is true freshman Josh Sullivan.

"I feel like I am throwing the ball better than ever," says Campbell, who adds that he is not exactly sure how he stacks up in the quarterback race. "Right now the only thing I can do is to continue to work as hard as I can."

Campbell says he is enjoying his new position coach and coordinator. "I feel Coach Petrino is a great man and a great coach," Campbell says. "He is going to try to get the best out of his players and he will do whatever it takes to do that."

Campbell says he is excited about the 2002 offense in both scheme and personnel. "I really believe we are going to have more weapons to attack with this season," he notes.

Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik spent practice five working on recognition of offensive formations and making sure his defenders know how to line up and carry out their assignments in each situation.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Early verbal commitment Josh Thompson from Statesboro, Ga., High School was a visitor to the Saturday morning practice. The defensive lineman was a key player on a state championship team as a junior...One of the state of Alabama's top prospects was a visitor to practice, too. Eric Brock, a defensive back from Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City, will also be playing for a team that is a defending state champion...The Tigers will practice just once on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the intramural fields.

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