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Big developments

Kodi Burns practiced at wideout today.

The other four quarterbacks were going through the usual drills. Burns was catching passes from the JUGS machine and learning some new techniques from Trooper Taylor.

I can't imagine this will last. Surely Burns will transfer. Right?

ALSO: Linebacker Eltoro Freeman was wearing a cast on his right hand. He isn't practicing.

136 Comments:

Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Onterio is so FAH that when he hits the corner, the DB won't know whether to cry or wind his watch.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

holy crap

7:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

and so am I!!!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Hey DL! Haven't heard from you today. How's it going?

7:35 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

I did not see that coming...

7:36 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

work is kickin my butt this week

7:36 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

from prior thread... Well, sounds like Caudle may be the temp #2, unless of course there is no temp to it in which case...Rollison?

7:36 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

It's all beginning to come together.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

work stinks. But it pays the bills. I can't wait for Bill Gates to give me a big lump of cash so I don't have to work.

7:37 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

So when does Kodi Burns start practice at Appy State?

7:37 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

As soon as he can get his release RK. He can't be happy.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

perhaps this is what Troop was talking about when he suggested they might redshirt some upper class receivers

7:39 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

that was my question, WERK

7:39 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

At least Burns still has a redshirt, so he could transfer to a 1-A school, use his redshirt next year and still have two years to play.

I've said it all summer, I didn't think Kodi would ever take another snap at Auburn at QB.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

App State doesn't need a QB this year. They already have a great one. Of course, they could be looking for a backup.

7:40 PM  
Blogger WDCWE said...

I like Kodi. Sad day. Maybe he can add some depth as a wide out role. There could be some interesting plays being drawn up with a former QB in that role.

7:40 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I'm heartbroken...This must be stopped.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Was Kodi a 4-star?

7:41 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I doubt Kodi will play much WR, he's not fast enough and when he does have the ball he runs too off balance.

I could be wrong.

7:42 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

There is definitely a lot of potential for him if he stays. I just can't see him accepting it. I could be wrong though. I've never met the kid.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I like Kodi a lot, too. I wish he could have earned the starter's spot. But this ain't no lovefest. We gotta go with a QB who will get the job done.

7:43 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If I'm not mistaken Kodi was a 5 star in one and a 4 star in another.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

hey FSJ - how's things on your side of the fence?

7:44 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

He might like playing WR.

He might be good at it.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bad BAD news for us and The Bull :-(

7:45 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Eltoro Freeman has a cast on his right hand.

7:45 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I think he's a bit slow for a WR.

Fast for a QB, slow for a WR.

7:45 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Has to be at TE, cause I just don't think he has the speed to get separation on a DB from the WR spot...

7:45 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

please tell me he didn't break his scaphoid like Blackmon.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

WERK do you think he'll leave for real?

7:46 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Is it a Patrick Willis type cast?

7:46 PM  
Blogger AU1292 said...

This seems to be the most appropriate solution in the long term. Todd will be gone next year and Tyrik will be groomed this year to be ready to step into the starting role in 2010.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

A cast? Say it ain't so. What happened? Is he practicing?

7:46 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Mon,

I think if he isn't given a chance at QB, he'll leave.

I don't blame him. Some smaller school will give him a shot to play QB.

7:47 PM  
Blogger AUBigCat said...

Can KB play LB?? I like Kodi and I'm sad that he didnt make the QB cut.

However...

McCalebb is so FAH that he can run around the world and punch the pursuing DB in the back of the head.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

you got us a cast picture, JGT?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Eltoro is on "Muscle Beach" where injured players spend practice. He was in high spirits, but I think he'll spend his night on a bike.

7:48 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

D.Miller

A 205 pound TE?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'm sad for Kodi. He's had a rough couple of years. I wouldn't blame him if he transferred. I wish him well. I'm scared that Todd is going to be our starter. Is his arm really healed. Now I'm getting that really anxious feeling........

7:49 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

No cast picture.

I'm one guy. I was across the field taping and shooting Burns.

7:49 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Kathy,

I'd be far more worried about this season had Kodi been named the starter.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Lord, I hope Gus is as good as I'm convincing myself he is!

7:50 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Jay G,

Is it one of those monsterous Patrick Willis type casts he had at Ole Miss?

A club?

7:51 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I was excited the other day when Kodi was reported to have said he thought he had done enough to start.

THT...things are fine..just ready to kick this season off.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bull's hoof hurts!! ======>

Bummer!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

that's quite allright. Believe it or not, I'll live!

Thanks for keeping us up to date.

p.s. maybe let Onterio run around taking pics with your camera... I've heard he's fast ;-)

7:52 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

It wasn't a big cast, no.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

WERK, after last season, I don't have much confidence in either of those QBs. Todd had a serious injury and surgery. I want to see the deep ball every once and a while. I just don't know if Todd is a deep-ball threat which means the defense can play up.

7:53 PM  
Blogger WDCWE said...

What are the chance Burns stays? I mean he could be a QB at a smaller school, but to what end. He clearly isn't going to be playing on Sundays. Why not stay the place you have been for three years and finish things out? I am an optimist...

7:53 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

I blame poor coaching for Kodi's problems. But from what I've seen and heard, seen didn't get his problems fixed over the summer.

7:55 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If I'm a kid and I think I can play QB, I'm going to go to a place where I can play QB.

That's just my thought.

Kathy,

I trust that Gus won't start a QB unless he feels that QB is our best option.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caudle is the guy. Tye rick will assume the roll of Wildcat QB during the season to prep for next yr.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deep thoughts by '04

7:57 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I sure hope we're getting all of our injuries out of the way now. If we keeping having attrition at the rate of the offseason, we'll have to forget about platoon football and go back to putting the best, or healthiest 11 out there the whole game.

7:58 PM  
Blogger snowhare said...

I want to see the interview of Kodi after practice tonight.

Didn't we all kind of sense this?

7:58 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

I'm 75% sure it's Todd, 20% sure it's Rollison, 3% sure it's Caudle & the other 2% is on us having the 1st Wildcat only offense with no QB.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

isn't that like the single wing?

8:00 PM  
Blogger snowhare said...

And I really hope he can be a team player and do what the coaches ask of him. Although that would be the hardest thing to do.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Wade said...

Kodi convinced me that he could not play QB in the SEC during the UAT game last year. In the UGA game he showed green shoots of progress, but those all withered under the pressure of playing the "hated ones" in T-town. Good luck to the young man if he chooses to transfer.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

my bad, the double wing

8:01 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Somewhat like the single wing, but didn't they label one player as a QB in the single wing?

8:01 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

We need to name the starting QB now and let him start getting the majority of the reps. When was the last time we actually had a true starting QB?

8:02 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Kathy,

The better question is, how often in our past have we had a QB that scared other D's and they had to really scheme for.

Sadly, we've rarely been QB U.

8:03 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Cox was the last real starter.

8:04 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

What am I going to do with my 18 jersey now?

8:04 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

That being said, we need to name a QB soon, but I do feel that this staff has had an idea who the QB will be for a little while and just let it play out for the first week or so of practice.

8:04 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

IMO, it has to be Todd now..

I think they use Todd the majority of the season and mix Rollison in enough to get him some experience for next year. Maybe Kodi will end up at UNA with Bowden.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'05,'06 with Brandon Cox.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I was warned earlier that our video server was on the fritz.

May His Judgment Cometh;
And That Right Soon

8:06 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The coaches have to be sure their decision is right and everyone has to feel they had a fair shot.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The true don't worry about it?

'04

8:06 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Even in 06 with Cox, there was a small, but vocal minority that thought Blake Field should be out there.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Brent Lane said...

I gotta ask, does it strike anyone as strange that this development in the QB race should happen at precisely the time that practice was open to the public for the first time?

Maybe I'm just listening for the telltale whir of the black helicopters, but still. . .

BTW, I hope AU1N04 is on the money. That scenario would work for me.

8:06 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

If this means Todd is possibly the starter... God help us all...

8:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Chances of Burns staying: 1%.

8:06 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

You mean Kodi isn't going to be the starter? Wow, who in the world will be the starter now? I have no idea.

As for as the Eltoro case, I just have to say we truct Franklin, or wtf for short.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Practice was open to the public today for the first time?

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy B - How ya B?!

8:07 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

WERK,

A 4.8/40 WR??

8:08 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Steve you may have been right about Todd all along...however I will say that I have said all along if his shoulder is healthy, he may be our best option.

Not a great option, but our best one.

8:08 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

Apparently Todd is better than Burns, so I really don't understand the comment. Didn't you see the suctacular performance by Kodi last season?

8:08 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

D Miller..

A receiver with that speed is known as a possession receiver.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JGT - You have to make the over/under a bit higher to make the cash sir!

8:09 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

D.Miller,

I don't think for a second Kodi can be a WR, but a TE? He'd get eaten alive if they ever asked him to block a DE or LB.

8:09 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Can't complain AU... except about the QB race. Really can't complain about that if the truth be known, all I can do is throw up in my mouth a little and wash it down with some bourbon...

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if Rollison is the guy from day 1?

Discuss....

8:10 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

RK, Todd will be a much better option than you would ever anticipate. He doesn't even have to have a strong arm, just a consistent arm.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

nah

big dose of Todd with the occasional Rollison...just gotta be

right? gulp

8:11 PM  
Blogger snowhare said...

Jay, did KB say something that warrants your 1% prediction?

8:12 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

If TR is the guy from day one... that would be an exponentially better option than CT...

Have I said that I don't like CT yet?

8:12 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

Rollison being the guy from day 1 would be very scary. We have damaged other high profile recruits by doing that, such as Campbell and Burns. I hope it doesn't happen, but it is possible.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

ok this is how it will go in monica's fantasy game

todd will start, be enough to eek by while Rollison get's in and shines shocking the world as the best true freshman quarterback since...ummm...

8:13 PM  
Blogger Wade said...

JGT, since today's practice was open. Which QB was getting the most reps's today? And are the receivers looking as good as Tropper says?

8:13 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Jelly Bellies are addictive.

8:13 PM  
Blogger jaywall14 said...

Did I miss something? When did the new staff announce that they'd be fielding a QB at every position?
Robert Cooper at TE.
Fannin at RB/H-back
Aycock at RB
Stallworth at WR/H-back
now Burns at WR

WOW!!!
And just think, we still have 5 more on scholly. Think any of them can play OL?

8:14 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

If Rollison is the starter from day 1, I really how that he is a quick study.

However playing the 1st month at home is a bonus if we have a true freshman there.

8:15 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

Rollison better than Todd? That sounds a bit wacko. Todd has a lot of experience. Rollison has nothing and needs some weight on his bones. If we have to go with Rollison, it would mean Todd still has shoulder issues, which I don't believe is the case. Geeze, I hope we don't have to start Rollison the first game. It could end up costing us a potential outstanding QB.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

what's a jelly belly?

8:15 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

I trust you judgement on wacko 100%, Steve.

8:16 PM  
Blogger j-z said...

I blame Jet for the Bull having a cast on his arm. Jet was in Auburn today. Coincidence? I think not.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Side note.
Ok, I am watching the Ravens game. Micheal Oher is a great story. And now I have seen him make a great play.

He pancaked Rinaldo Wynn of the Redskins, his helmet flew off and his head knocked the Wynn's helmet. Blood every where left for stitches and came back in.

Perfect!!

8:16 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

Not to bring up a sore subject....

But does this mean that Gus and Chizik agree with Tony Franklin?

8:16 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Did Stan start as a true freshman or was he red shirted? I've killed way too many brain cells over the years to remember that far back...

8:17 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Monica, you almost caused me to spit fruit punch all over my computer.

8:17 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

The little jelly beans Mon. The model for Bertie Botts Every Flavor beans.

8:18 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

Omnica has a more ideal scenario, which would be for Todd to start until Rollison gets a bit of experience. Hopefully Rollison could be ready by the Tennessee or Arkansas game, but if we throw him to the wolves in the first game, we will be looking for a new QB. He will end up being another Kodi Burns. Anybody remember all the Kodi lovers?

8:18 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Stan White was a redshirt.

8:18 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

For some reason I thought Stan started as a true freshman but I am not sure.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Wade said...

Stan White started as a red shirt frosh for Coach PFD.

8:19 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

Thanks RK. Like I said... that was a long time ago...

8:19 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Steve,

If you rewind 365 days you'll see almost the same words being said about Burns that a lot of people are saying now about Rollison.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Burns is a quarterback.

I just don't see how he's going to play wideout for real, but maybe that's his plan. I don't know yet. This just happened.

8:19 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

Any bets that some racists remark are made Friday morning on the local Gump radio show. Turner Gill's name and all that crap will surface again.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

If Burns is serious about playing wideout, he'll have to redshirt. He has no idea how to play the position.

8:20 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

Also, if you rewind 365 days you'll see almost the same words being said about Chris Todd that a lot of people are saying now about Chris Todd.

8:20 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

RK, exactly. People are convinced he is the savior. Tyrik could end up being a great QB, but if we screw him up like we do every other potential good QB, he will be another Burns.

8:21 PM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Is it possible Burns saw the writing on the wall and asked for the move?

8:21 PM  
Blogger Brent Lane said...

OK, JGT, it appears I was mistaken. . .but it just seemed suspicious to me anyway.

Call me paranoid.

Odds on the QB race in light of this development?

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another side note and a bit frustrating from SI.

They picked AU to finish last in the West, 2-6 in the SEC and 6-6 overall. But already had Chizik on the hot seat because of fan reaction and whether or not he would get enough time to make changes.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Video is UP.

Mute your computers. LOUD ADS AHEAD.

8:21 PM  
Blogger James in B'ham said...

I'm gonna have nightmares tonight about CT... involving pick sixes... lame duck floaters, and 5 yard passes to TT...

8:22 PM  
Blogger WarEagleRK said...

wtc,

I don't think so, or I'd hope not. Burns not playing QB obviously isn't a black or white thing.

Jay G,

You on the radio in the morning?

8:22 PM  
Blogger Wade said...

FJS, your comment is very reveling. Could it be the best evaluator of talent on the previous staff is now at MTSU?

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

This was like the seventh time practice was open to reporters. It's never been open to the public.

8:22 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

Burns played a little receiver last year and that is why I thought it might be an option. This would make him being the wildcat QB make a bit more sense. He has decent speed and great athletic ability.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

WERK - that kinda makes me proud :-)

8:23 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Is it true Kodi was wearing a no-touch jersey?

8:25 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I don't doubt: Todd's a fine QB.

I do doubt: I ever have or will see him at 100%.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Dear Leader said...

It has got to be Todd. CGC has EVERYTHING on the line. CGC and CGM are straight shooters.... they would not have spent more than one day with Todd if his arm was not up to par.

8:25 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

FSJ- That means Gus and Gene agree with Borges, and Franklin. The only one that thought he could play QB was the guy that had very little to do with the offense. (Tubbs)

8:26 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

I find how they are doing this kind of troubling. It is a practice open to the reporters. They say, lets go out there and have a good practice, and by the way Kodi, you are now a wide receiver. Now, lets get out there and have a heck of a practice. They should have announced something first. I hope the hacks lay off Kodi after practice. Stick you microphone in Malzahn and Chizik's faces.

8:26 PM  
Blogger §teveFC the Jerk said...

New thread up.

8:27 PM  
Blogger FSJ said...

I always contend that the most popular player on a team is the backup QB...

When Barker was our QB everybody wanted Burgdorf (why?)

Then when Burgdorf got his chance everybody wanted Kitchens

Then the whole Zow/Watts thing...

8:28 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

I call a 4.8 WR "never open" rather than a possession receiver, because they'd never be able to get separation from a DB.

And yes, there is a such thing as a receiving TE at that size... they, obviously, would not ask him to block...





you want black helicopters... here's one for you...... IF practice was open to the public today, this may have been a stunt. Why would they open practice to the public for the first time, and move Burns to WR when they knew everyone would notice?

8:30 PM  
Blogger jaywall14 said...

How about this scenario???

Kodi is our starter. He is working at WR so that he and Fannin, Blake, Aycock, Stallworth, etc can swap positions and run the wildcat without having to change personel. Hey, stranger things have happened. That way we could swap offensive formations from the no huddle and keep the defense from being able to bring in run stoppers between plays. If Kodi learns a few routes, he can become a legitimate threat at WR in the Wildcat.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Good evening, HOT ONES.

8:37 PM  

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