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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Early practice notes: Burns working at WR

The Internet message boards have been abuzz all day with rumors that some decisions have been made in Auburn's quarterback race. The fact that Kodi Burns worked as a wide receiver during Thursday's practice suggests that's the case.

Burns still wore the orange, non-contact jersey that is usually reserved for quarterbacks. He caught passes from a JUGS machine before working in a snap-count drill with the rest of the receivers. Wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor jokingly showed Burns how to line up as a receiver prior to the drill.

The remaining quarterbacks — Chris Todd, Neil Caudle, Tyrik Rollison and Clint Moseley — worked with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn during that time.

We get to speak with head coach Gene Chizik tonight, which will probably yield more news.

Some other notes ...
  • This might fly under the radar with the quarterback news, but it's important. LB Eltoro Freeman had a cast on his right hand and did not participate in practice. He worked on the sideline with strength coach Kevin Yoxall, lifting weights and riding an exercise bike. For those scoring at home, that left Auburn with three scholarship linebackers on the field today.
  • Other new non-participants: DB D'Antoine Hood (who has a high-ankle sprain), OL Vance Smith, OL Bart Eddins, OL Darrell Roseman (who had his right arm in a sling), OL A.J. Greene and OL Andre Harris. It was a rough day for offensive line depth today too. Poor Jeff Grimes had a starting five and John Sullen as the scholarship linemen at his disposal.
  • It was Chandler Brooks' day in the kicking exhibition before practice. He went 7-for-8, clanging the seventh kick off the left upright. He made the pressure-filled one when the team crowded in.
  • The team went in shells today.
  • More later once we talk to coaches and get some clarification on the quarterback situation.


KungFuPanda9 said...

I hope Kodi keeps his spirits up. He can contribute. He is a good, strong football player with many skills. Passing just isn't one of them. But he is tough. I hope he can catch.

Go Kodi.

ron mexico said...

sounds like chris todd is our guy. I hope his arm holds up. I have a bad feeling that it won't, which would put us in a tough spot.

Burns will be an awesome widcat guy.