Auburn, Ala.--With the offense struggling early in the 2007 season, the Auburn Tigers pulled the redshirt off freshman quarterback Kodi Burns and inserted him into the lineup and ran several plays out of the spread formation.
With the recent hiring of Tony Franklin from Troy to replace Al Borges, the Tigers will now run quite a bit more of the spread attack with Franklin one of the foremost authorities in the country on that style of offense. For Burns that could mean even more work at quarterback in the future and he says he's excited about that possibility, but knows it's going to take some hard work to get the job done.
"It's exciting that he's the type of guy that loves to throw the ball," Burns says. "He's a real guru on offense. He's a pass guy with 7-on-7 and stuff like that. I'm excited and I think a lot of guys on offense are excited too."
Perhaps the biggest question with the offense at this time is just how much can Auburn get in and run for the Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Clemson? That is a question that even Burns says he's not sure of the answer at the moment, but he thinks they can get at least some in to give the other Tigers a different look.
"I think it's going pretty well," Burns says. "That's all up to the coaches. I don't know what's going to happen. We're just trying to go out and practice and do what they tell us to do."
The change in coordinators is something that took Burns and his offensive teammates off guard. Not expecting a change, Burns says that he looks at it as an opportunity to expand the offense and become more explosive. He should know about the spread and it's possibilities because he adds that's what he ran in high school.
"It has been pretty good so far," Burns says. "It was a little bit of a shock to not really know what was going on and all of the sudden we have a team meeting and a new offensive coordinator. For the last few days I think it has gone okay.
"It's pretty much the exact same thing," Burns adds. "I really don't know exactly what's going on right now. It's kind of hectic in practice and a new thing for everybody, but I think if we just go out and prepare like we should and practice hard we'll be all right."
Not familiar with Franklin other than just by name, Burns says the first meeting made a big impression on him because his new coach came in and talked about playing fast, playing hard and having fun. That and the fact that it's an offense he's familiar with could make for some fun times in the future for Burns and the Auburn offense.
"I had heard about him a couple of times," Burns says. "There were a few people that talked about his system. We actually ran pretty much the exact same system in high school as he was known for at Troy."