Sunday Football Notes 1

News and notes from Tommy Tuberville's Sunday teleconference...

The offense may stay with a two-quarterback system with Kodi Burns and Brandon Cox.

"We'll work Kodi and Brandon this week at quarterback," Tuberville said. "We won't divulge who will be the starter, obviously. Kodi did a good job in some areas but was limited in some areas. I thought Brandon came in and gave us a little spark, but we still didn't get the ball in the end zone. We've got to figure out a way and a system in which to play both of them. Right now we're going to have to take the next 24 hours and look and see what we can do and how we can do it to make for a better football team."

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The losses to South Florida and Mississippi State were the first back-to-back defeats for Auburn since Ole Miss and Georgia in 2003.

"We've got a disappointed bunch of kids that played hard and came up short again for the second time in two weeks. Most of them are not used to it. We haven't lost two games in a row in a long time. It's been a pretty somber day, but as I told them we've got to learn from it and go to the next practice after watching this film today, forget everything negative that has happened, look at the positives and build on it."

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Going back to the Cotton Bowl, Brad Lester has missed the last four games because of an academic-related suspension.

"I still haven't heard anything and hopefully it'll be cleared up soon. That's all out of my hands and I've completely stayed out of it."

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Injury new... Leon Hart separated a shoulder and will be out 6-8 weeks. Mike Berry is also dinged up so Antwoin Daniels is the next option at right guard. King Dunlap missed most of the game after suffering a "sprained elbow and wrist." Andrew McCain played in his place at left tackle.

"We've been playing with a lot of young guys at linebacker. Losing Merrill Johnson and Tray Blackmon, two of our starters, has really put us in a tailspin. Dr. (James) Andrews looked at (Blackmon) yesterday and he's getting closer. I don't know if this week is going to be the week he can get back or not because this is going to be a lot of running this week and covering people. I don't know if he's going to be 100 percent healthy to cover backs and tackle in the open field. Merrill Johnson will be out again, maybe two or three more weeks. We'll just have to wait and see. Aairon Savage played a little bit yesterday but he's about 70 percent. We had to have him because we were down in numbers."


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