"It's Kodi's Turn," Auburn Coach Says

A report on the Auburn football team quarterback is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--For sophomore Kodi Burns, his opportunity is here to prove he can be the main man at quarterback for the Auburn Tigers.

With the Tigers off this weekend, Burns is getting the practice work as the number one quarterback while freshman Barrett Trotter and redshirt sophomore Neil Caudle compete for the No. 2 spot.

Chris Todd, who started five games, could become the No. 3 quarterback the rest of the season. He is out of the competition for the starting job after struggling with his passing and a sore shoulder.

"We are just looking for some consistency," Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville says. "Kodi didn't play a great game. He showed some sparks. I think he has got a chance to continue to get better.

"We gave Chris Todd the opportunity early in the season, now it's Kodi's turn to have chance to run the first team in practice, really know the game plan, get a lot of reps, get out there in front of another defense and play and try to improve," Tuberville says. "That is the only way you can do it. You can't really find out about somebody running them into the game, playing a few plays, and bringing him out.

"I think there is going to be a time when Kodi could come over and let somebody else go in the game, maybe play a few plays, but I want him to know he is the starter right now, give him the chance to mentally get ready to prepare to play for some games as we go through the rest of the season and see what he can do."

Burns is a former high school All-American from Fort Smith, Ark., who was named the Most Valuable Player in Auburn's A-Day spring football game earlier this year. He played in eight games last year as a true freshman with one start. He threw just 28 passes, hitting 10 for 145 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Burns scored the winning touchdown on a keeper in Auburn's Chick-Fil-A Bowl victory.

Burns has completed 17-42 passes this season for 198 yards. He has been intercepted three times. He has run the football 35 times for 116 net yards with two touchdowns.

The Tigers, who are 4-3 as they prepare to face 4-2 West Virginia a week from Thursday on the road in Morgantown, are trying to bounce back from back-to-back disappointing losses at Vanderbilt and at home vs. Arkansas.

"It has been tough around here, especially on offense this year," Tuberville points out. "We haven't been productive. I want Kodi to understand that this is his team, his type of offense. I want him to relax and play. We have had some problems and we know we are going to continue to have some problems, but we think he can work us through those problems."

Next week's game vs. the Mountaineers will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is the first time Auburn has faced West Virginia on a football field.

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