Malzahn Looking for Separation at QB

Comments from Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and two players are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--After having their first full pads practice of the preseason, the Auburn Tigers will have their first scrimmage on Tuesday. Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn says that will help him develop a depth chart at quarterback and other positions.

Senior Chris Todd, who missed spring drills with an injury, will be running Malzahn's offense for the first time on Tuesday in a scrimmage situation.

Todd is battling juniors Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle for first string status. Freshman Tyrik Rollison is trying to get into the mix as is another freshman, Clint Moseley. Moseley is likely to redshirt.

"We are putting extreme pressure on them so we can figure out how they respond under pressure," Malzahn said. "We are really hoping to narrow things down in the very near future. We feel like we need to do that for our team."

The Tigers will scrimmage on Tuesday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "We are going to narrow things down really at all positions," says Malzahn, who adds, "hopefully at a pretty fast rate."

Gus Malzahn is Auburn's quarterback coach.

The offensive coordinator says the quarterbacks have been "pretty much" been getting equal reps since practice started, but that will change after the scrimmage.

Malzahn says Monday's practice was a physical one, something players like Byron Isom agreed with on Monday. "It was a very physical practice," says the right guard, who notes he thought the offensive line had a good day. "It was real demanding, but we responded. We are ironing the kinks out right now. I think everybody is looking forward to the scrimmage. It is fun to get out there and put it in game situations and make plays."

Commenting on the QBs, Isom says, "The quarterbacks are all looking good. It's our job as linemen to protect whoever is the quarterback. It doesn't matter to us who is back there, we are going to do our jobs."

Sophomore wide receiver Darvin Adams says the quarterbacks are off to a good start. "Kodi, Chris Todd and Neil Caudle are making all of the throws." Adams says he sees good potential in freshman QB Rollison, but notes that the newcomer is still learning the system.


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