Tigers Closer to Quarterback Pecking Order?

A report on the competition to become Auburn's first string QB features comments from players and AU's offensive coordinator.

Auburn, Ala.--Although neither head coach Gene Chizik nor offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has said the battle for the number one quarterback spot is currently a two-man race, based on the past two practices that appears to be the case.

Juniors Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle shared the snaps with the number one offense in Saturday's scrimmage. The same thing happened in the previous practice on Thursday evening.

Barrett Trotter, a redshirt freshman, worked with the second team in the scrimmage and senior Chris Todd is still on the sideline trying to rehab from offseason shoulder surgery.

The Tigers have one more major scrimmage scheduled as they play the annual A-Day Game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I think I did pretty well in the scrimmage," said Caudle, who has seen very limited game action since arriving at Auburn as a highly-regarded prospect out of Spain Park High.

"We had a better day making reads," Caudle said of the quarterbacks as a group. "We didn't move the ball as well as we should have. We got beat pretty badly. Overall, throwing the ball a lot, I think we did some good things."

In the first major scrimmage of the spring a week earlier, the focus was running the football. Scrimmage two was different.

"We threw more this week," Caudle notes. "We kept it pretty balanced, I think. We just have to keep working at it, keep getting our timing down with the receivers and keep working with the O-line and bring this thing together."

In the scoring system used for the scrimmages the defense gets points for sacks, interceptions and other big plays. The final score was 61-34 in favor of the defenders.

"Defense definitely got the upper hand," said Burns, who finished the 2008 season as the starting quarterback.

"We just have got to get better," Burns said. "We have to fit all of the little things together. I think I did okay--started off pretty good....As an offense I think we all kind of went downhill after that. The defense really stepped it up and did pretty good.

"We started off strong, put together a drive and scored on the defense. I guess the positive thing about that, team-wise, is the defense never put their heads down. That shows us that we have a confident, strong defense.

Kodi Burns is Auburn's most experienced QB.

"The rest of the scrimmage they took over pretty much," Burns added. "We had a lot of busts on offense, a lot of balls on the ground. We just have got to get better."

With 11 of the 15 spring practices completed, the Tigers are off until Tuesday.

Barrett Trotter looks for a receiver in Saturday's scrimmage.

Offensive coordinator and QB coach Malzahn said he could be closer to figuring out a depth chart at the position he coaches. "We are going into the last week of this thing and we should have the information that we need, at least somewhat, to try to narrow it down," he said.


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