February 11, 2008

Quarterback competition wide open

A new era is about to begin for the Auburn football team.

For the past three years quarterback Brandon Cox has been AU's leader on and off the field. But with Cox's eligibility all used up, the Tigers must find a new starting quarterback.

That quest begins in earnest in a little more than two weeks with the start of spring practice.

Four candidates will vie for the position in the spring and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tony Franklin said Monday the competition will be wide open.

"They all stand exactly the same," said Franklin. "As far as I'm concerned, there's four guys competing and we'll give each one of them a good look and see where they are."

Sophomore Kodi Burns returns with the most experience. He played in nine games as a true freshman last fall including the Chick-fil-A Bowl where threw a touchdown pass and ran for 73 yards including the game-winner from seven yards out in overtime.

"The biggest thing that I like about Kodi is he's a competitor and a winner," said Franklin. "When he's on the field he's dynamic with the ball in his hands. What he's got to improve on is he's got to get a lot better throwing the football."

Burns completed 10-of-26 passes for 145 yards this season.

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