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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Late Sunday update: Caudle and Trotter will travel

Got Tommy Tuberville and a few players after practice. Here's what they had to say:
  • Still nothing on the backup quarterback situation, though Chris Todd seems to be out of the picture for the time being. Coaches didn't let him throw any deep balls Sunday in order to rest his sore right shoulder.
  • Barrett Trotter and Neil Caudle will travel to West Virginia. For Trotter, it's his first road trip. Should be a heck of an atmosphere for a newby.
  • It's going to be cold Thursday. Real cold. The overnight low on weather.com was 37 degrees. Auburn hasn't played in a game this season where the kickoff temperature was lower than 73 degrees. That was against Arkansas last week.
  • Auburn's had five games since 2000 when the temperature was lower than 50 degrees. It has a 3-2 record in those games.
  • CB Jerraud Powers (hamstring) took some snaps during the Tigers' skeleton drill work. Still no definitive word on if he'll play Thursday, but it sounds like he's going to give it a try.
  • QB Kodi Burns on being "The Man" at quarterback : "It's definitely a change. I think I'm becoming more vocal on the field and I'm more comfortable on the field knowing that I'm 'The Guy.' That role is starting to play a lot bigger in me, and I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable. I think the guys have seen that, too."
  • Is some smash-mouth football in the game plan? Burns thinks so: "I think we can do whatever the coaches ask us. I think it will be smash-mouth. West Virginia is a great team and I think we're going to give our offensive linemen a chance to get in the three-point stance and fire off the ball a little bit more, and I think that will get them fired up and help out the running game a lot."
  • RB Tristan Davis gave some good insight to how practice is being run: "Right now, they're making it a point in knowing what we have. By the end of the week, we will know what we have. Our mental reps are way better. Instead of running around all day, we take more mental reps. We might run the same play three times with three different groups so everybody can see how the play unfolds with three different looks. Before, we might have run the play against one look and gone to the next play."

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