Auburn's QB Pecking Order Still Unclear

Comments from Auburn football coaches and players are featured as the Tigers returned to the practice field on Monday.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers passed the halfway point of spring football drills with a workout of two hours in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads on Monday

Coach Gene Chizik said that all four quarterbacks in the competition to replace graduated starter Chris Todd will continue to get reps in practice this week.

"Everything is still the same," Chizik said about the team's depth chart. "We are still having the same battles at the positions. Nobody has moved in front of anybody in any particular way. There has really been no change in terms of where we were at this time last week."

Chizik said that he doesn't have a "timetable" for establishing a depth chart at quarterback.

Neil Caudle, last year's top backup to Todd, said that at Monday's session that newcomer Cameron Newton and redshirt sophomore Barrett Trotter got more time at QB than Caudle did or redshirt freshman Clint Mosley did.

Chizik noted that the Monday practice was devoted to correcting the mistakes from Saturday's scrimmage, the first of the spring for the Tigers. Scrimmage two is scheduled for this Saturday. The Tigers will have just one more practice prior to then, a full pads workout on Wednesday.

One of the players singled out for his good scrimmage by wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor is Quindarius Carr, who is also the leading candidate to be Auburn's number one punt returner.

"This is my second year in the offense and I know my role in the offense now and know the plays a lot better and the opportunities I have to make plays," Carr said. "I am a lot more comfortable now.

Quindarius Carr

"Overall as a receiver, overall as a person, everything, I have become a lot better," Carr said.

Commenting on his role as a punt returner, he said, "That is going good. I am the punt returner this year and I am looking forward to that chance to make plays and showcase my ability on that and do anything to help the team win."

Carr said the momentum from making some big catches in 2009 has given him the confidence he can have a better 2010 season. "I know I can make plays and do anything so that helps a lot."

Commenting on the quarterbacks, Carr said, "All of them are doing well. Every quarterback is throwing the deep ball better than I have seen any other quarterback throw it."

Carr said he doesn't know who will be the No. 1 quarterback. "Everybody is just playing ball," he said. "We are not even thinking about that now."

The Tigers will return to practice on Wednesday. The annual A-Day spring game is set for Saturday, April 17th at 1 p.m.

News and Notes: Chizik had praise for senior offensive tackle Lee Ziemba, noting that the three-year starter is appreciated by the coaching staff. Chizik said he could have gone pro after his junior year, but came back because of his love for Auburn...Commenting on the knee injury suffered on Saturday by wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis, Chizik said in the next 48 hours he should know about how serious it is. "Philip had a nice scrimmage up to that point," Chizik said...Chizik noted that he liked the effort in the scrimmage, but the Tigers need to get more physical on both sides of the football. The head coach said the offense did a better job of handling the fast pace of the scrimmage than the defense did.

Sophomore walk-on safety Ikeem Means won praise for his play in the scrimmage. The Wetumpka native had an interception on Saturday. Last year he saw action on special teams and did a good job with that assignment, special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said on Monday. "He works his tail off and he is a great young man," Chizik said. "He has definitely caught the attention of the coaching staff."...Boulware said he likes what he is seeing this spring from field goal kicker Wes Byrum and Ryan Shoemaker, a starter as a freshman at punter, but a backup the past two years...Chizik said that Roszell Gayden, who was less than full speed on Saturday, and Brandon Mosley had solid performances in their first Auburn scrimmage. The juco transfers are looking to win the vacant right tackle starting spot where Andrew McCain graduated...Sophomore John Sullen worked with the first team in the scrimmage at left guard with Mike Berry, Bart Eddins and Jorrell Bostrom all sidelined with injuries. Sullen started one game last year as a redshirt freshman...Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes had praise for the work on redshirt freshman offensive lineman Blake Burgess, who plays both center and guard.


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