Back to square one with Auburn’s QBs

By Robert Rousseau  |   Monday, September 29, 2008  |  Comments( 0 )

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During Saturday’s 14-12 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers, Auburn starting quarterback Chris Todd completed 14-of-23 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. As his so-so numbers probably indicate, Todd's passes seemed to lack some zip -- particularly on the interception he threw -- and were generally ineffective.

Which is why Kodi Burns came in for the first time in two games. When he entered the game, the crowd cheered loudly for Burns, who responded by completing 4-of-6 passes for 36 yards, also adding 16 rushing yards. Moreover, the sophomore led the team through one of the biggest plays of the game: On a third-and-5, he rolled right and connected with an open Montez Billings along the sideline for a first down. That allowed the Tigers to run the clock out the Vols and secure the win.

The bottom line is that when your team runs the spread offense and can’t pass, there’s an issue. That's the problem with Todd, who hasn't been consistent at all. Of course, Burns hasn't necessarily proven he can get the offense going. The difference is, perhaps, that he hasn’t really proven that he can’t get the offense going. Burns can also run the ball, which gives him an added edge.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville indicated after the game that the situation would be cleared up during the week and that both quarterbacks would likely play against Vanderbilt this week. A good plan. At this point, the Tigers are rightly acting as if they’re back to square one under center.

Right now it should be anyone’s team. No one has taken hold of it. Someone will need to, though, as the dangerous Commodores are undefeated.

And so is that team from Tuscaloosa.
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Robert Rousseau is a sports writer that has been published in a variety of print and online venues. He’s been writing for for almost three years now. When Rousseau isn’t writing about college football he tends to be penning mixed martial arts pieces for or...
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