Burns, who missed Monday's practice while recovering from a severe cut in Saturday night's game that required stitches, returned to practice on Tuesday. However, Tuberville said Burns isn't his old self yet and he isn't certain that the sophomore will play vs. the Golden Eagles.
Tuberville said because Burns relies on his quickness, he doesn't want to risk further injury to the quarterback by putting him into Saturday's game with limited mobility.
"Unless he is 100 percent, we aren't going to put him out there," Tuberville said of Burns.
Tuberville added that third team quarterback, Neil Caudle, will move up to the number two spot and said he has confidence that the redshirt sophomore can get the job done if called on to play on Saturday. He said that Caudle, who has been plagued by injuries in the past, is healthy now and has improved significantly since the start of spring training this year.
Tommy Tuberville said on Tuesday he believes that QB Neil Caudle is ready for action if needed vs. the Golden Eagles.
Going back to preseason, the plan was to start Burns in game one and Todd in game two, Tuberville said. The coach noted that with the offense not getting into a good flow in week one after alternating QBs each series until Burns was injured in the third quarter, the plan is to settle on one primary quarterback and give that QB a long leash, the coach noted.
In other news and notes from Tuesday's practice:
*The Tigers worked out for approximately two hours in full pads and had "thud," meaning that the whistle blows on contact and no tackling to the ground is allowed. Tuberville said the practice was a good one on a humid and windy day.
*Junior defensive end Antonio Coleman said the Tigers had a good defensive practice on Tuesday, better than their Monday session. Coleman added that he was impressed with the Southern Miss defense after watching video of the Golden Eagles.
*Wide receiver James Swinton, who twisted a knee on the opening play from scrimmage in the opener, is still out of action. Unless he practices on Wednesday, he won't play on Saturday, Tuberville said. Swinton jogged on the practice field, but didn't participate in drills.
*Noseguard Mike Blanc said the Auburn defense is preparing for a fast-paced game on Saturday, something they drilled on at Tuesday's practice. Blanc and his teammates are expecting a no-huddle attack from Southern Mississippi.
*The Tigers will return to the practice field on Wednesday evening to work on the game plan for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff on Saturday. Junior Sen'Derrick Marks said it will be important for the Tigers to come out with physical play early in the contest to set the tone for the contest vs. the Golden Eagles.
*Sophomore receiver Tim Hawthorne said after practice he expects the quarterbacks will play better in the coming games and said both seemed tentative in the opener. Hawthorne noted that Todd had a particularly good day throwing the ball on Tuesday.
*Hawthorne has added another position this week. In addition to playing the "Y" inside receiver spot, he is working outside at "Z," who often lines up as a flanker. That should allow him to see more action in coming games. He was on the field for 19 snaps vs. ULM.
*Darvin Adams, a true freshman receiver, has added the 'X" receiver assignment to his duties as an "H" receiver, who is a hybrid receiver who often lines up as an inside slot receiver.
*Two veteran wide receivers are still trying to bounce back from injuries. In addition to senior Swinton, junior Montez Billings, who has been sidelined since prior to the opener with a hamstring problem, missed the practice on Tuesday and is questionable for game two.