AU 54, BSU 30 Game Notes and Quotes, Part 1

Comments from Onterio McCalebb and Kodi Burns are featured after Auuburn's victory over Ball State.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn lost two of its top playmakers against Ball State with Kodi Burns and Onterio McCalebb going to the sidelines in the first half.

Burns suffered a thigh bruise while McCalebb went down with a foot injury. However, both showed up for post-game questions and indicated they hope to play against the Tennessee Vols next Saturday.

Burns was injured on Auburn's first offensive series of the game while running for two-yard gain out of the wildcat formation. He wasn't on the sidelines in the second half.

McCalebb hurt his foot on a bizarre play. Facing a 4th-and-11 from their own 33, the Tigers faked a punt with McCalebb getting pulled down for no gain. He was down for a few minutes before limping off.

The freshman speedster had already scored touchdowns on a 46-yard pass from Chris Todd and a one-yard run set up by his 62-yard scamper on the previous play.

Coach Gene Chizik said the fake the punt was part of the Tigers' overall plan.

"The decision to fake the punt was we just felt like we faked one on the second game, and we just feel like we have built it into our package and we have some different things off those that we like to use," he said. "Our defense was playing really well at that point in time so we decided to go with the fake and it didn't work, but we will continue to fake them. That is just part of the offset we are trying to do with our punt team because we have a lot of athletes on our punt team."

About McCalebb's injury, Chizik commented, "With Onterio right now, we won't know. Tomorrow (Sunday) we'll know more obviously."

Burns said he didn't entertain any thoughts of trying to talk the coaching staff into allowing him back into the game.

"I believe I would have hurt more than helped the team after I caught a helmet on my thigh," Burns said. "I'm hoping to be ready for Tennessee next week.

In other news and notes:

*The Tigers had only seven passing touchdowns in 2008. Chris Todd upped his 2009 total to 11 TDs against only one interception with three first-half touchdown tosses and two more in the third quarter to give him five for the game, equaling the Auburn record shared by Daniel Cobb against Louisiana Tech in 2001.

*With the five touchdown passes against Ball State following his four passing scores against West Virginia the previous week, Todd is the only quarterback in Auburn history to throw for four or more touchdowns in consecutive games.

*For the second straight week kickoff was delayed because of lightning in the area. Saturday's contest started 24 minutes late following a delay of one hour and three minutes for the West Virginia game the previous Saturday. Auburn officials don't recall two consecutive games' starts being delayed.

*Tommy Trott's six-yard touchdown reception from Chris Todd in the first quarter was the senior tight end's first touchdown catch since his freshman season in 2006.

*True freshman John Sullen out of Auburn High School made his first career start against Ball State. Sullen (6-6, 326) opened at left guard for junior Byron Isom who was suspended by Coach Gene Chizik for breaking an unspecified team rule. Chizik said if and when Isom is back it will because he has done what coaches have asked of him.

Walk-on Jorell Bostrom (6-2, 352) was listed on the second unit behind Isom, but offensive line coach Jeff Grimes moved Sullen ahead of Bostrom for the start. Sullen had seen action on special teams, lining up as one of three deep to protect the punter and on the line for field goals and extra points.


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