Quarterbacks Discuss Competition For Starting Job

Jason Campbell and Daniel Cobb comment on the first Auburn preseason football scrimmage.

Auburn, Ala.--Quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Daniel Cobb say they are seeing progress in the Auburn offense and neither is sure where he stands in the competition for the starting QB job.

"I like our football team and I like what it is going to be," Cobb said after Wednesday evening's 54-play scrimmage at the intramural fields. "I think we are making strides in the right direction."

Redshirt sophomore Jason Campbell said that he is seeing signs that the offense is coming around. "We have definitely improved this week," he noted. "We have been working on trying to make big plays and other things we are trying to improve on. We need to continue to work hard to improve and continue to concentrate on what we are doing, pick up the tempo and stay focused when you are tired." <

Cob and Campbell will participate in an even bigger scrimmage on Saturday morning at the intramural field as two-a-days draw to a close. "Hopefully, we can come out here the next two days and continue to get better and come back and have a good scrimmage on Saturday," Cobb said.

Cobb said he has no clue on who the starting quarterback will be. Head coach Tommy Tuberville did not give any clues on that Wednesday night and offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino said he is not ready yet to make that decision. However, by early next week, the coaches expect to have their starter named.

"I know we are both competing hard and we are both putting our all into this," Cobb said. "Auburn is going to have a good quarterback this year no matter what."

Cobb said that he definitely feels better about his performance on Wednesday than he did on Sunday, the first day of full contact workouts when he struggled. "We had a great summer, but when you are out there in summer it is seven on seven with guys dropping back nice and easy looking down field. When you get these big boys in front of you, throwing 300 pounds across your face back and forth, it takes you a couple of days to get use to that again. I think me and Jason are both coming back into our own as far as our presence in the pocket is concerned and not looking at the rush and keeping our eyes downfield."

Daniel Cobb is chased by Dante Booker at Wednesday's scrimmage.

Campbell's biggest playermaker in the backfield, tailback Carnell Williams, was held out of the contact portion of Wednesday's scrimmage. The coaches have already decided that the sophomore tailback is ready for the season opener vs. Southern Cal. Campbell says he is seeing other players step up as guys he can go to for big plays.

"I feel a couple of our receivers can make big plays," Campbell said. "We have Silas Daniels and Jeris McIntyre and we have got two freshmen who are really standing out--Ben (Obomanu) and Devin (Aromashodu). The rest of the guys are coming along also. They are getting better each day."

Campbell said he feels good about his passing right now. He hit 6-11 for 50 yards while Cobb completed 4-9 for 67 yards. Both QBs could have had better numbers if not for some drops on very catchable balls.

Like Cobb, Campbell said he isn't going to get worried about the quarterback battle. "The important thing is to make sure the offense improves. I am just trying to stay focused and improve the way I am playing. I am not going worry about it and just concentrate on playing the best I can."

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