Chris Todd named starter
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*Chizik on Burns: "Kodi felt like he could help this team somewhere on offense. We can use him in the Wildcat. We can put him over there at wide receiver. He's very athletic and we're going to give him every opportunity to help this team."
*Chizik on Todd: "Resilient guy. He's been through a lot. He's studied the game. He's studied the offense. He's got the experience. He's been in the league. He's an older guy. There is no substitute for experience."
*The battle for backup appears to be between Neil Caudle and Tyrik Rollison. Chizik said he's seen "flashes" from Rollison that makes coaches want to rep him more and more.
*Bo Jackson was at practice today ... as you can see above. That hasn't happened in a long, long time.
*Chizik said Freeman's injury is just a bruise.
*Chris Todd on coming into this season: "I really didn't know. I didn't know about my future. I didn't know what I was going to do with my arm. I'm really happy with how this turned out, but I can't say I knew what to expect."
*Burns stood up at a players-only meeting and asked the team to rally behind Todd. "He said he had my back. It took a lot for him to go up there and say that," Todd said.
*Burns said he IS NOT going to transfer. "I'm mature enough to handle this."
*Burns' opening comment: "The coaches chose to go in another direction. I worked really hard. I tried to prove myself. Obviously, things didn't work out. They went with Chris. That's a good thing. I'm 100 percent behind him. Chris Todd is the quarterback and I have no problem with that. There was no mess. It was a great year and a great competition.
I'm a guy who loves competition. Sometimes things don't work out the way you want them to. I'm going to be out there helping this team any way I can.
It was a little bit disappointing at first. Not a little bit. A lot. You've got to move on. I'm mature enough to handle this.
I spoke to the team about it. We're not going to be a divided team. We're all going to come together. The Auburn Nation needs to get behind Chris as well."
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