Franklin Discusses QB Situation for Tigers

Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin discusses an "ugly" offensive performance.

Starkville, Miss.--"It was extremely, extremely ugly."

With those five words, first-year Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin summed his first SEC football game with the Tigers as Auburn escaped Davis Wade Stadium with a nerve-wracking 3-2 victory over Mississippi State.

"Until I watch film, I won't be able to figure it out," said Franklin, who defended the play of quarterback Chris Todd, who made his second Auburn start.

Todd was 14-26 passing for 154 yards and couldn't lead the Auburn offense to a touchdown.

"We made the decision to go with Chris and I didn't think it was Chris' fault," Franklin said of the offensive struggles for the Tigers. "I didn't see Chris making mistakes. He had one or two probably bad plays in the game. Everybody is a great coach from the sidelines. Everybody sees everybody open. They are not back there doing what he is doing.

"When I watch the film, I might feel differently," Franklin added. "Off the top of my head I don't remember any glaring things--a couple of mistakes, but it wasn't his deal."

Head coach Tommy Tuberville mentioned the Tigers might need to get backup Kodi Burns into the game. Burns saw no action in Auburn's 3-2 victory vs. the Bulldogs. Franklin said that he is going to re-evaluate the QB situation.

"Kodi has got some talent and some stuff he can do," Franklin said. "We will try to figure out whatever makes us better. Whatever makes us better, that is what we will do."

Franklin gave Mississippi State's defense some credit. "They had a great game plan and they made plays," he said. "We certainly helped them out by our mistakes."

The offensive coordinator said he was truly impressed with how the Auburn defense played Saturday night. "I have been involved in games like this before and what I tried to do at the end was not lose it," he said. "I tried to hold on and try to make sure I didn't screw it up and lose and we almost did."

Franklin admitted it looked like the offense got tight late in the game after the mistakes mounted. "I am sure it did," he said. "You start thinking of things and start second-guessing yourself and the players were, I am sure. For me the whole focus on every series throughout the game was trying to figure out how can we move the football, give the defense a rest and hopefully find a way to score. We never did it."

Tiger Ticket Extra Franklin blamed himself for his team failing to score on a first and goal at the seven-yard line after Ben Tate ran for five yards to the two on first down. "I screwed it up," he said. "We got in a bunch set with two tight ends and tried to run the ball in. I should have done what I am more comfortable with and got it another way. Hindsight is always good, but I did some things I game-planned this week. There were some things we liked inside the 10-yard and that is what we did and they were ugly and didn't work so it was stupid on my part."


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