Improvement The Key For Todd And AU Offense

Auburn quarterback Chris Todd discusses his play and the play of the offense.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn junior quarterback Chris Todd had a solid showing Saturday night against LSU as he completed 17-32 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 26-21 loss. After having the chance to look back on the game Todd says there was some good and bad in the performance of the offense.

"I went back and watched and there are a lot of little things that could have been better," Todd says. "We've just got to make enough plays to win. It was a tough game but I think we improved a lot. I think we did a lot of things good. I thought we made some big strides from the week before. There are still a lot of little things we've got to improve but I think we'll keep making those jumps every week."

One of the things that is apparent with Todd is that he's becoming more comfortable with each passing game on the field. That showed on Saturday as he made some nice throws outside the pocket and also stood in the face of the rush and took some hits while delivering the ball. Todd says even though it was better there is still a long way to go before they can begin to become satisfied with the progress they've made.

"I think we've made some good strides but we can continue to get better," Todd says. "Even this past week I thought we got better at getting comfortable with some things and adjusting to the speed of the game. That's one of the big things. I was probably in there for an hour and a half last night and I went back and watched cut-ups from all of the games this year. I was looking at the fundamental changes we made and the improvements we've made and the things we've got to get better at.

"I need to do what the team needs me to do. We need to get to the point where instead of making most of the plays we make all of the plays. When there is a chance to make a big throw then make it. I need to get to the point to where I lead this offense to where it's going to be real good and putting points on the board."

Part of the problem on offense this season has been timing issues as well as players not being on the same page at times. Todd says that one of his interceptions Saturday was due to the receiver running a shallower route than he expected. Those are just some of the things that the junior says have to get fixed as they head into the heart of the schedule.

"It was getting a lot better with the timing," Todd says. "The quicker we get them the ball the more time they have to do something with it. I think that's continuing to improve and it will get better as each week goes along."

For the second consecutive game backup Kodi Burns didn't see any action in Auburn's game and that has made for plenty of talk on message boards, radio and even the campus in recent weeks. Todd says while he's sure there is talk, he would rather just avoid that and concentrate on what he can control.

"I try to stay away from that stuff," Todd says. "Even if you're playing great you're still going to have critics. Even if you're reading good stuff you probably don't need to hear that either. I try to shy away from all of that."

Auburn gets back to action this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when the Tigers take on the Tennessee Volunteers on CBS. Todd says one of the goals for this team is to put a complete game together and he thinks they are getting closer to doing just that.

"I think the defense has been playing lights out all year," Todd says. "They were put in a tough situation there at the end of the game. Offensively we've just got to get to the point where we're scoring enough points that we don't put them in that pressure situation at the end. They have been playing great.

"Offensively we're going to continue to get better," he adds. "I think we're making those strides where we can do that and where we're putting up points and where we're ready to go through the whole SEC."


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