Crunch Time for QBs, Tuberville Notes

Auburn's Tommy Tuberville discusses the quarterback situation.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville said earlier this month that this would be the week he wanted to cut the quarterback race from five candidates to three.

At Sunday night's practice, due to injuries, just three quarterbacks saw action--senior Brandon Cox, junior Blake Field and freshman Kodi Burns.

Blake Field gets ready to throw early in Sunday's practice.

Tuberville says what took place over the weekend was not the way he wanted to shorten the list of QB candidates. Both of his redshirt freshmen QBs were injured when being sacked in Saturday's scrimmage.

Neil Caudle suffered what the coach says is a separated shoulder and he is expected to be out at least one month. Steven Ensminger also suffered a shoulder injury, but the problem is not as serious, the head coach says.

"We cut it down by attrition, but Ensminger will be back," Tuberville notes. "When we get to classes (the start of fall semester) on Thursday, we are just going to start working three. He could be one of them. Maybe not."

Freshman Burns made several big plays on Saturday and impressed scrimmage observers and his teammates with his arm strength and quick feet. However, when the grades came out from QB coach and offensive coordinator Al Borges, the freshman had a lot of minuses on his report card.

Kodi Burns

"He graded out bad in terms of mental mistakes," Tuberville says. "I think Al told me he graded 61 percent, and you can't win at quarterback at 61 percent. He showed flashes."

After evaluating the video of Saturday's scrimmage, Tuberville says, "It was good, not great. We have got a lot of work to do. Some of the younger guys were wide-eyed and made some mistakes, but it was a good start. It was about like our first scrimmage last year. We have a lot of room for improvement. Our kicking game was better than I thought.

"We didn't make it as long in the scrimmage with some of the guys as I thought we would, but everybody is tired.

"Everybody was so tired it was hard to evaluate how guys are really going to be. I don't want to bring anybody's name up. When they get a little fresher it might change a little bit."

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