Burns Looking to Improve and Lead the Offense

Quarterback Kodi Burns discusses his performance in Auburn's spring football game.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore quarterback Kodi Burns, who was named the offensive Most Valuable Player at Auburn's spring football game, says he is working to step up and become a leader this fall even though he is just a sophomore.

He completed 15-21 passes for 149 yards in the spring game with one pass going for a touchdown.

"Guys look up and know that I've got their back," Burns says. "I have to be a leader while I am out there. I think all I need to do is get the ball to the playmakers and let them make plays."

The major story of the spring has been the quarterback competition between Burns, redshirt sophomore Neil Caudle and junior college-transfer Chris Todd. Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said last week that Burns and Todd are the co-number one QBs and that competition could continue into the preseason in August.

"It will be pretty intense," Burns says. "We are competing, but at the same time we are a team and our goal is to win an SEC championship and a national championship. It will be competitive, but it will be good for us at the same time.

"I just thank God that it's not up to me to worry about the other quarterbacks, I just have to worry about me," Burns says. "I felt like I did improve and led my team down for a few scores here and there."

With a new offensive coordinator, another question will be how quickly the players get acclimated to Franklin's version of the spread and warm up to the new system. On A-Day, it looked, at times, like the offense was banging on all cylinders. Burns, however, says he believes that the team still has a long way to go before it reaches its full potential in the new offense.

"I think we have a grasp, but there is so much more that we can do and we can learn," he says. "We are just scratching the surface right now. I think once we get it over the summer and get reps and reps and reps, then we can only improve."

One of the best offensive plays in the spring game came when Burns hooked up with Robert Dunn for a 28-yard touchdown pass. Dunn ran a deep post and Burns put the ball right where it needed to be for the score.

"You have Robert Dunn out there and he is a real agility-type guy, so I just read the coverage and let Robert make a play," Burns says. "I saw him out there make a cut, and once he made that cut, I just let it go and let him make a play."

Burns also made good plays with his quick feet, a part of his game that gives him an advantage over Todd and Caudle with the QB being called on to run the football in Franklin's system.

The quarterbacks will have one more chance to show their skills to the coaching staff this spring with a Wednesday evening practice and half scrimmage that will be the 15th and final practice of spring drills.


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