While it's still part of the building phase for everyone in Tony Franklin's offense and consistent play each and every day is what is needed to succeed in the SEC, sophomore Kodi Burns says he feels like he improved a great deal from the first practice of the spring to practice 15.
That showed Wednesday night as Burns completed 14-18 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Those are numbers he would have never approached even two weeks ago, but he says that's exactly the way he hoped to finish after putting in so much time and effort to improve.
"It's definitely feels good," Burns notes. "It shows that I got better each and every day. When it counts I put everything together. I was able to be productive and lead my team up and down the field.
"It's so much fun being able to complete passes and go out on a high note and lead the team up and down the field and let the guys know that I am a leader of this team," Burns added. "It felt good to be able to finish strong like that."
Chris Todd still has to improve his arm strength after suffering a shoulder injury last year at junior college.
The spring has been a different kind of battle for junior college transfer Chris Todd. Bothered by shoulder problems and unable to throw for a period during the middle of the spring, Todd came back to finish out the spring on a high note. While he's still got rehab work to do in order to improve his arm strength, Todd says he is encouraged.
"I think it has definitely come along," he says. "I have progressed quite a bit. I think I've still got a ways to go, but it makes me feel better to come so far and still having so much time in the summer to get stronger."
Now Burns, Todd and the Tigers begin the demanding offseason workout program to get ready for two-a-days in August and the 2008 season. Always the toughest part of the year for the players in terms of their sacrifice in the weight room and running, Todd says it's good to go into that part of the year with everyone feeling good.
"It wasn't a bad way to go out," Todd says of Auburn's final scrimmage, which featured big plays from the offense. "We had some strong points. We've got some stuff we can work on throughout the summer and get better. We had some definite good spots. I thought it was a good way to go out.
"It's always good to go out on a good note before you go into the summer," Todd adds. "Everybody is excited about the offseason when you do that and it makes everybody work even harder."