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4.02.2008

News of the day, 4/2

Hey everyone. It's late. Let's get to business.

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Private messages work much better. Also, we've added RSS capabilities. Several of you have been asking about that.

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Thanks to all the HOTTIES for making this the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.

Here are some basic trend-type stats from Auburn's final spring scrimmage held Wednesday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Total plays: 98
Rushes: 49 (at least five run plays were supposed to be passes)
Passes: 49

PASSING
Burns -- 12-15, 213, 2 TD, 0 int
Todd -- 11-18, 144, 0 TD, 0 int
Caudle -- 8-13, 117, 0 TD, 1 int
Furr -- 2-3, 59, 1 TD, 0 int

RUSHING
T. Davis -- 2-75, 1 TD
B. Tate -- 6-22, 1 TD
Lester -- 8-19, 1 TD
Burns -- 1-39
Furr -- 6-19
Todd -- 3-(-9)
Caudle -- 2-(-17)

RECEIVING (selected players)
Slaughter -- 6-87
Swinton -- 4-35, 1 TD
Zachery -- 3-91, 1 TD
R. Smith -- 3-91
Q. Carr -- 2-44, 1 TD
Trott -- 2-28

Well, this was Kodi Burns' night. He looked great again after what I thought was a B/B+ performance at A-Day. Tonight was an A/A+. He was 12-of-15 for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He completed his first 10 passes consecutively. He also ran for what should have been a touchdown had quarterbacks not been playing the equivalent of flag football in the open field.

Still, here's what OC Tony Franklin said when asked if the depth chart (ie Burns and Chris Todd being listed as co-leaders) would be changing: ``It wouldn't have mattered if one of them at went 25-of-25 and the other was 0-of-25. It's a body of work," Franklin said. ``That body of work will continue over the summer."

Todd wasn't bad. I'd rate it a B night for him after what I thought was a B+ performance at A-Day. He still isn't throwing downfield with authority. He was 11-of-18 for 144. He didn't make any memorable throws. His biggest gainer was a 63-yarder to Rod Smith that began as a 5-yard out route.

QB DeRon Furr, the 18-year-old, lined up at wideout tonight. He dropped the only ball thrown to him. I was really surprised to see that personnel adjustment, you know, but it makes sense. It's obvious that he has the attitude and size to play college ball. Furr cannot compete with Burns and Todd at quarterback right now, so perhaps wideout will be an avenue for playing time. I do not think this is a long-term switch or anything. Furr said he basically welcomes any ideas about getting playing time early in his career. He seemed OK with it.

Everyone's favorite injured tailback, Tristan Davis, was up to his old tricks again. He broke off a 69-yard run early in the scrimmage that elicited Beatles-like fainting in the stands. OK. So that's an overstatement. Davis still has that acceleration -- even if he was pulling away from S Jonathan Vickers -- that could make him a notable component this fall.

The offense unveiled a new-to-me set for short-yardage situations. It features the quarterback under center, a fullback offset, a tailback directly behind the quarterback and Big Snacks Berry offset like the 1985 Chicago Bears used to run with The Fridge. TB Brad Lester scored from that formation. Maybe it works. The team's short-yardage stuff at A-Day was awful. The offense was tougher tonight.

For those of you who catalog minute details, reserve OT Lee Tilley has left the team for good. The redshirt junior never played in a game. Things ... didn't really work out.

I referenced the short pass from Todd to Rod Smith earlier. Smith broke a pair of tackles and was behind the defense until those defenders ran him down. After the scrimmage, Smith was hearing it from the other wideouts. His best friend, James Swinton, was whispering "4.7" to Smith as a reference to his alleged time in the 40-yard dash. It was funny to watch them clown on each other. Speed isn't really Smith's claim to fame anyway. Consistency got him a scholarship.

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

16 Comments:

Anonymous ron mexico said...

What was the percentage of running and throwing for the offense?

11:03 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I'll get that up on the main blog. Thanks for the suggestion...

11:06 PM  
Blogger Phred said...

Super T is starting to make me kind of nervous. You think he might be a little hard headed?

11:09 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Who? Tony Franklin?

11:16 PM  
Anonymous ron mexico said...

Thanks for the stat breakdown. Was the defense playing conservative, substituting freely or just sucking?

11:21 PM  
Blogger Phred said...

yes, CTF. I am being overly sensitive, but you'd like to hear him say, "Well, Kodi had a great night. We'll just wait and see what happens this summer." You know?

11:24 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The first-team defense played pretty well. There were a few awkwardly played balls in the secondary. Many of the big plays came against the second- and third-team guys.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous hip-hopanonymous said...

Phred is starting to see the light.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Crudup, a little tired of it said...

"It wouldn't have mattered if one of them had gone 25 out of 25 and the other one 0-for-25," said offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. "It would have made no difference. It's a body of work, and that body of work will continue through the summer."

Is Franklin Todd's illegitimate father?

I'm going to guarantee you right here and now that Tubs and Tony the "Notorious" will square off sooner or later.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You know, that quote from Franklin was pretty telling.

I told you guys, and many of you had this opinion anyway, that Chris Todd was going to get a million chances. That quote confirms everything. I still believe Todd is a good quarterback who could be excellent if his arm cooperates.

Kodi looked like a different guy during the past, say, three or four practices. He said last night that he's "figured it out." I believe him.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous hip-hopanonymous said...

Crud is also starting to see the light.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous hip-hopanonymous said...

Not to continue beating this dead horse, but this illustrates the only point I was trying to make yesterday.

This situation should be viewed with caution. CTF is human and seems to have a pretty big ego. He's not above making mistakes out of blind loyalty (or whatever you want to call it) to Todd.


Allright, I'm done.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Crudup said...

That's good to hear, that Kodi gets it. I've said all along that Kodi is intelligent and he's a winner. He's already had, and is still having to deal with adversity. All this wishy washy you're the #1 guy stuff would run some people off. Hmmm. I'm thinking Texas Tech a few years ago?

I'm not here saying Kodi is a great QB...yet. But I think he's savvy enough to become one of the more productive QBs we've seen since JC's senior year and the D Craig days. Leard was a prolific passer. But Kodi has other means of putting points on the board.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You all had better register (or at least read) the other site because it's tough to "simulcast" and I'll be focusing my efforts over there.

I expect the following people to get business handled quickly ... just as RonMexico and AUBigCat have done:

anonymous (ha!)
mr. anonymous
Phred
hip-hopanonymous
billy crudup
sullivan013
scottie b in tennessee
hoopie
honesty is it
alan
whatever alias Bo from Dothan uses
landon

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Bo said...

Bo is just "Bo". I forgot to correct you a while back. I'm from Daphne- Mobile Area. Home of the worst sports radio on the planet (ever since Neal got jacked).

Saw the front page. I'll make it happen as will the young jedi, Alan (my broham).

1:53 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Sorry, man. I always thought you were in Dothan. Dammit.

4:24 PM  

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