Todd's Shoulder "Held Up Pretty Good"

Quarterback Chris Todd talks about his arm strength after day one of preseason camp.

Auburn, Ala.—Quarterback Chris Todd struggled with arm strength during the spring after suffering an AC sprain in junior college last season. However, his first day of preseason practice was a different story as his passes had more zip than he had previously shown.

"For the first day I think it held up pretty good," Todd explains. "We were still able to make some throws there toward the end. I think now it's just getting out there and getting some reps to build it back up and get the stamina back in it. For the first day I was very pleased with it and I thought I held up pretty well."

One of the Auburn trainers has been assigned to follow Todd to all of his drills and keep a running county of his passes thrown throughout practices. Todd didn't know the exact number, but offensive coordinator Tony Franklin said it was close to 200 as the Tigers practiced for nearly three hours on the first day of camp.

"In the summer (voluntary workouts) he was throwing about 200 a day and doing pretty good," Franklin says. "We'll watch and see whether or not we want to keep him that high or not. He was probably around 200 today."

It wasn't difficult to notice that Todd's arm was better on day one of fall camp than it was in the spring as he threw tight spirals all morning and was able to make most of the deep throws. Franklin says that he noticed an improvement.

"I thought he was a lot better," the offensive coordinator says. "I thought the velocity was closer to normal. It was definitely adequate–good enough to be successful and win with.

"He said it felt good. It's gotten a lot stronger. I think that's the biggest thing. The wear and tear, working with Coach Yox (S&C Coach Kevin Yoxall) and Arnold (trainer Arnold Gamber) with rehab. He's gotten a lot stronger."

The Tigers long practice was with a heat index in the low to mid 90s on Saturday morning on the intramural fields. Given the conditions, Todd says he was pleased overall with how his shoulder help up.

"I thought going into it that it was about 90 percent," he states. "There is still a little bit left we've got to get back. That's probably just going to be over the next few weeks, just building it back up. As hot as it is out here and with as many reps with the fatigue, for the conditions I thought it held up as well as it could have."

Todd originally signed with Texas Tech out of Elizabethtown (Ky.) High School and spent two years in the Red Raiders' pass-oriented system. He transferred to Hutchinson Community College for the 2007 season prior to his arrival at Auburn in January. He is a junior from an eligibility standpoint.

Despite a weak arm during the spring, Todd showed smart decision-making and accuracy with the football and is locked into a competition for the starting job with sophomore Kodi Burns, though both are likely to play this fall.


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