Strong Start The Key For Todd; Offense

Auburn's Chris Todd talks about Saturday's win over Southern Miss and about earning the starting quarterback job.

Auburn, Ala.--For Chris Todd Saturday wasn't about winning the starting quarterback job, but about winning a football game. One just came along with the other when all was said and done as Todd's performance combined with a very good first half offensively was enough to earn him the starting job over Kodi Burns. Todd said much of the reason for that happened to be the timing of the situation.

Coach Tommy Tuberville said earlier this week that the plan all along was for Burns to start game one and then Todd to start game two. Burns was then injured and was hampered much of the week because of a cut on his leg. To top things off offensive coordinator Tony Franklin decided to change up the way the quarterbacks were used in game two after struggles with the alternating series plan against ULM. The result was Todd having more chances to perform and get into that elusive rhythm.

"It helped," Todd said of having an entire half to get things going. "The offense rallied up and they were ready to go. They weren't happy with last week. Everybody was amped up and ready to rock today. It does help you get in a rhythm somewhat. Today was more of the offense being ready to go.

"It helps a little bit knowing that if you don't score you're not coming right out," Todd added. "We just tried to fix some things we did wrong in last week's game."

While Todd had an entire half to work, it didn't take him long to get going as he led the offense down the field on the very first drive before a Brad Lester fumble near the goal line stopped the march. For the half Todd led the Tigers to 40 offensive plays and just once did the Tigers go three and out.

On the first two possessions Auburn ran 16 plays for a total of 137 yards but both ended in fumbles inside the Southern Miss red zone. Todd said while he's pleased with the performance and getting the win, there's plenty to work on as the Tigers begin SEC play Saturday in Starkville against Mississippi State.

"There's still some things we need to work on," Todd said. "There were still some times when I feel like I missed a couple of things. We were real close on that post route and there were a couple of times when I thought we could have hit some seam routes. We'll go back and watch the game film and get back to work.

"There are times you've got to score," he added. "We've got to go back and fix those and make sure we're on top of our game and ready to go."

Auburn will practice on Sunday before taking Monday off. Things will be a little different offensively with a starting quarterback for the first time since last season running the show, but Todd said as far as he's concerned it will just be business as usual.

"We'll really just treat the week the same," Todd said. "Kodi did a great job when he came in today. He had that real nice fourth down run. The way it worked out I got the start the second game. The team will rally around us. We just have to prepare the rest of the week and get ready for next week."


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