Franklin Not Happy With Offensive Performance

Auburn's offensive coordinator Tony Franklin comments plus more news and notes on Auburn's football opener are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Kodi Burns, who opened the season as Auburn's starting quarterback, wasn't available for post-game interviews, but Inside the Auburn Tigers has learned the sophomore should be ready for game two vs. Southern Miss next

Burns suffered an eight-inch gash in his leg on a running play in the third quarter. He had stitches put in to close the wound and the problem is not believed to be serious enough to keep him out of action vs. the Golden Eagles.

Chris Todd played the rest of the way at quarterback in his Auburn debut until the final series when Neil Caudle took the snaps.

Todd completed 9-18 passes for 70 yards with one TD and one interception. Burns threw nine passes with four completions for just 15 yards on a night the Tigers rushed for 321 yards in a 34-0 victory Burns did run for 69 yards on nine carries.

Both head coach Tommy Tuberville and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin were disappointed with the passing attack. "We stink and it was my fault--I did a really poor job of coaching this week," Franklin said after his team finished the night with 321 rushing yards and 85 through the air.

"The offense was ugly tonight," he said. "Simply put, I did a really poor job of coaching and it was quite evident tonight...We didn't have good tempo."

Franklin said it wasn't a total washout. "We didn't play well in the first half," he noted. "We did a little better in the second half, but we didn't execute the offense the way we should and that is my fault."

The Auburn offense converted just 5-15 third downs, but that was more than enough on a night the Tigers shined on defense allowing the visitors just 220 yards and only 2-18 third down conversions. "The defense did a terrific job and played lights out," Franklin said. "We didn't."

In other news and notes from opening night:

*Jonathan Vickers, the fifth-year senior walk-on who was put on scholarship in preseason, played safety in the third quarter as did redshirt freshman Michael Slade, who also saw action on special teams.

*True freshman tight end Vance Smith made his college debut on a field goal drive of 77 yards by the Tigers in the third quarter.

*The first touchback of the season came on the following play as backup kickoff man Morgan Hull put the football five yards deep into the end zone.

*Freshman cornerback D'Antoine Hood made his college debut in the third quarter.

*Redshirt freshman guard Jared Cooper made his Auburn debut with 12:53 left in the game along with Bart Eddins.

*Walk-on Jackson Timmerman played center in the fourth quarter.

*Senior Tristan Davis could have played, Tuberville noted, but said the running back has a weak ankle so the decision was made to rest him vs. the Warhawks.

*The first touchdown pass of the Tony Franklin Era of offense at Auburn came on a three-yard pass from Chris Todd to Chris Slaughter with 6:49 left to put the Tigers up 34-0. The drive was set up by a fourth and short stop of the Warhawks by noseguard Tez Doolittle.

*True freshman Spencer Pybus, who also played on special teams, saw his first action at linebacker in the fourth quarter. Pybus won praise for his play from Tuberville.

*Freshman Jomarcus Savage saw his first college action in the fourth quarter at strongside defensive end.


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