Burns and Todd Comment on QB Competition

Kodi Burns and Chris Todd discuss the competition at QB and Tony Franklin's decision to cut the list to two.

Auburn, Ala.—Four quarterbacks entered the spring with a chance to replace Brandon Cox, and before practice 11 of the 15 offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tony Franklin trimmed the list to two.

Kodi Burns and Chris Todd, both of whom had aspirations to come out of spring as the No. 1 QB, were the two taking most of the reps in practice on Tuesday while Neil Caudle and DeRon Furr watched from the sidelines during team drills.

"I feel pretty good," Burns says of the decision. "I like where I'm at right now. Of course I need to improve, but we're both competing and he's rotating us in and out. We're both getting a lot more reps now so we'll see where it goes."

Burns' advantage is in his legs, which he doesn't get to show too much of in practice because the QBs are off limits for contact. Todd's advantage is in the passing game, but he's been slowed by an injured throwing shoulder throughout the spring.

Todd missed the first scrimmage of the spring, but was incredibly sharp in his time during the second scrimmage despite not being able to throw deep consistently or put much zip on the ball because of his injury. With the race for No. 1 to continue through the rest of the spring and possibly into late August, Todd's chances of making a better impression with his arm will increase as he rehabs his shoulder.

"It's benefiting me some so I'll be able to get back and have my arm there as far as the competition goes," Todd says of having more time. "Hopefully we can still do something in the last part of spring and we can get something out of it.

"It's starting to feel better and it's still progressing," Todd adds. "It felt pretty good in practice (on Tuesday) for the first probably three-quarters of the way through. It's still got a little bit to go.

"I feel pretty good about it right now because we're making some real big strides and I'm starting to get a little more on the ball. If it keeps progressing like it has then I'll feel really good about it."


Todd has missed about half of the reps this spring, but has shown good accuracy when healthy.

Caudle wasn't consistent enough throughout the spring while Furr had an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder and also didn't know enough of the offense according to Franklin.

Franklin, in his one game as coordinator at Auburn, rotated Burns and Cox in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and a two-QB system could be a possibility in 2008 as Burns and Todd have different fortes.

"He said he wanted a number one during the spring and that's kind of what I was hoping would happen," Burns notes, "but he obviously hasn't made the decision yet so I'm going to keep competing every day."


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