QBs Continue Competition

Tony Franklin, Kodi Burns and Chris Todd talk about A-Day performances.

Auburn, Ala.—For the first time since offensive coordinator Tony Franklin cut the quarterback race down to two, Kodi Burns and Chris Todd had their first opportunity in the spot light on Saturday at Auburn's annual spring scrimmage. However, this time it was in front of an announced 35,000 at A-Day and Burns had one of his better passing practices of the spring.

"I've never shied away from competition and the big stage," Burns explains. "I know that players can't be just practice players. You have to be able to show up on the big stage and in front of the fans and when the heat is on. I think that I'm able to do that."

Burns finished the scrimmage 14-21 passing for 142 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought he looked sharp, early especially," Franklin says. "He didn't look as sharp in the second half. There were times that neither one of them looked very good, then there were times where they looked really good. The bottom line is, thank God we don't play next Saturday."

Todd was 18-27 for 190 yards a score. The only interception of the game was out of the hand of Neil Caudle, which Josh Bynes returned for a TD. DeRon Furr also saw action late in the game.

"Right now, one day somebody will have a good day, and the next day somebody else will," Todd says of the QB competition. "It's just about going out every day."

Of his scrimmage performance, Todd adds, "It was an all right day. It started out a little slow, but we finished it out pretty strong, especially in the second half. Also, there were some throws that I wanted to make that I saw out there. I had to kind of hold back a little bit. As it (shoulder) comes along I'll be able to make those. It was an okay day and it finished out pretty good."

Todd, a junior transfer from Hutchinson Community College has been slowed this spring by an injured throwing shoulder, but he has been solid in his time in action.

"You could tell Chris' arm was better in the second half than in the first half for some reason," Franklin says. "In the first half he had nothing on the ball–nothing. He came back out in the second half, didn't take a warm-up throw and threw the ball with a lot more velocity. For him it's going to be a process of time, therapy and rehab where he'll hopefully get back to where he was. To me watching him, he's still about 60 percent. When he's really good since he's been here, he might have been 65 at the best."

A-Day was practice No. 14 of the spring for the Tigers. Number 15 will be a scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Wednesday starting about 7:30 p.m. It will be the final practice of the spring, so the competition between Burns and Todd will likely continue into August.


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