Kodi Burns: Will He Play Vs. UT?

A report on Auburn's backup quarterback, sophomore Kodi Burns, is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Tuberville says that second string quarterback Kodi Burns may see action this week as the Tigers take on Tennessee. However, the Auburn head coach didn't promise that will happen.

Burns, a true sophomore, started the opening game 34-0 win vs. ULM. He played briefly behind Chris Todd as a backup in game two as Auburn defeated Southern Miss.

In the last two games Burns has watched from the sidelines as Todd, a junior who joined the team in January as a transfer from junior college, has taken all of the snaps.

Todd has completed 61-107 passes for 722 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He has 21 carries for minus 33 yards.

Burns has completed 4-12 passes this season for 15 yards and one interception. Last season he played in nine games, with one start, and completed 10-26 passes for 145 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Burns rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries last season. This year he has eight carries for 68 yards and one touchdown.

Commenting on Burns, Tuberville notes that the backup QB is popular with fans. "Sooner or later he is going to go into the game and there is going to be a standing ovation and then the pressure is going to be off him and everybody, and then I think he will continue to get more and more reps," the head coach says.

"When we went to one quarterback, it was one of those deals where you expect him to get in the game and then we had a 3-2 game and then you have a game that goes 26-21 down to the last minute," Tuberville adds. The opportunity never got there."

This week the Tigers take on Tennessee as Auburn tries to improve its record to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.

"Kodi last year came to us and I thought he did a good job," Tuberville says. "He was very mature for his age. He had been on AAU basketball teams for two or three years that had traveled all over the country, seen a lot of different things and been to a lot of arenas.

"He was a guy who was just...not new," Tuberville adds. "Everything was just not new to him so he was able to handle some of it. He didn't play a lot, but did play some. I thought he grew up a lot as the year went along."

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