Who's Number One at QB for the Tigers?

Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin gives his thoughts on Auburn's quarterbacks.

Auburn, Ala.--With the spring football game coming this Saturday for the Auburn Tigers, it is still not clear who the team's number one quarterback is.

Sophomore Kodi Burns and junior Chris Todd shared the duties with the first team offense on Tuesday and that is the way it will stay the rest of the spring, says offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who also serves as the QB coach.

Redshirt sophomore Neil Caudle is number three in the pecking order and freshman DeRon Furr, an early high school graduate who joined the program in January, is well behind Caudle, Franklin notes.

"I talked with all four quarterbacks and talked about what direction we are going to go in," Franklin says. "It is impossible to rep four quarterbacks. You can't do it and be good.

"The last few practices here we are giving Chris and Kodi most of the reps and let them work," the coach says. "If somebody emerges clear-cut a lot better than the other one we may have one guy, but I don't think that is going to happen and I told them I don't think it is. I think they will go into the summer and they will be competing against each other.

"Neil will be a great backup for them," Franklin adds. "He is a great team guy, he is a great Auburn guy who wants to be here and he will do a great job as a backup and if either one them falters he will be ready to come back and step in and take their place."

The quarterbacks are shown in a passing drill on Tuesday.

The two newcomers, Todd and Furr, have been battling physical problems this spring. Furr injured his arm in the first scrimmage and Todd, a juco transfer, has been limited in practice by a sore throwing arm.

"You could as the day wore on it got worse," Franklin says of the strength in Todd's arm. "I was asking the trainers did he throw too much at the end? He threw the post ball and he didn't have anything on it at all, but it was better. I think he is getting closer. It is going to be a work, it's going to take some time. It is probably going to take another few months to get back to where it is ready."


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