Field Day At Jordan-Hare Stadium

Backup quaterback Blake Field discusses his role in Auburn's Homecoming victory.

Auburn, Ala.--On a day in which three backup quarterbacks saw action for the Tigers, only one of the trio managed to complete a pass.

Redshirt junior Blake Field was 6-11 for 92 yards and one touchdown as the third QB in the game behind starter Brandon Cox, who was very sharp, and No. 2 QB Kodi Burns, who was 0-4 passing. Even fourth-stringer Neil Caudle got a chance to run the offense. He was 0-3 with an interception.

Field, who entered the game just before halftime, first got in the contest on the punt return team. He said after Auburn's 35-3 victory over Tennessee Tech he was surprised with how much action he got at quarterback.

"I didn't get any reps with the twos or threes this week," Field said of practice. "As a quarterback, I was going to use this game to get really prepared for the Georgia and Alabama games on special teams because those jokers are the real deal. I never really thought I was going to be able to go in there and play quarterback."

Blake Field is shown in action on Saturday.

Field, who missed most of spring drills with a shoulder problem that made it difficult for him to pass the football, looked sharp throwing in Auburn's Homecoming game in his first appearance of the season at QB.

Field came in the game just before halftime to direct the two-minute offense. "He (Tommy Tuberville) just threw me in there and Coach Borges (offensive coordinator Al Borges) said we are going to get everybody some reps. I was glad to see Neil getting some reps today, too.

Borges said after the game that Burns is still the number two quarterback and Field said he believes the freshman has lots of potential. "It's going to take time for him to get there," Field said. "He's a very good quarterback and he is going to be a good quarterback so just be patient."

Field, who was beaming in the locker room after the game, said, "I feel good, real good. I was waiting. I have been waiting for a while, just being patient. I never knew it would come in a situation like that. It wasn't a horrible situation. Coach always tells us to be ready.

"I made a few mistakes," Field added. "There was a throw to Prechae (wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez) that I kind of underthrew it a little bit. Other than a couple of audibles, I think I did pretty well for not playing all season and not really playing since Arkansas State last season. "

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