Tuberville: Quarterback Battle Rages On

Coach Tommy Tuberville talks about the battles for the starting quarterback job as well as for number three.

Auburn, Ala.--At SEC Media Days at the end of July Auburn's Tommy Tuberville said that at that moment Kodi Burns was likely the starting quarterback in his mind but that he wouldn't be surprised if Chris Todd won the job.

Following Auburn's first scrimmage of the preseason it appears that Tuberville is no closer to a decision after both Burns and Todd performed well in round number one of what is expected to be a fight that goes the distance. After Sunday's practice Tuberville said right now the only thing that is clear is that both guys are performing at a high level, making the decision one that may be later in coming.

"Really you don't have (a starter at the moment)," Tuberville said. "Both guys are getting the same amount of reps and running the same plays. We're just trying to get them both ready. We'll try to figure out some time, probably the week before the first game, what we're going to do."

The starting quarterback job isn't the only one up for grabs as a battle ensues for the number three position as well between sophomore Neil Caudle and true freshman Barrett Trotter. Tuberville said Trotter helped his chances with a very good first scrimmage on Saturday.

"Barrett Trotter threw the ball good," Tuberville said. "He threw the ball real well. I was impressed for the first time he's ever thrown in the stadium."

That leaves the answer to come from Caudle, a player that has improved considerably under the watchful eye of coordinator Tony Franklin. Throwing the ball as well as he hs since he's been at Auburn, Tuberville said Caudle isn't making it easy on Trotter and he expect that to be the case throughout the preseason.

"I think it's going to be pretty close," Tuberville said. "We're going to look at both of them again in a scrimmage, but Neil did good. In this offense you've got to have a high percentage because the throws aren't real difficult. Neil ran this offense in high school too so he's looked pretty good. I think it fits him well."

The next chance for all four quarterbacks will be this coming weekend when the Tigers have the second scrimmage of the preseason. It is scheduled to take place on either Friday night or Saturday morning and will be closed.


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