AU’s quarterback question

Published 5:59 pm Friday, July 25, 2008

HOOVER – The Southeastern Conference Media Days attendees like Auburn to win the conference’s Western Division.

The media members – at least the 70 or so that cast votes out of the more than 700 that registered – like Auburn a lot, in fact. The Tigers received more than twice as many votes (48) to win the division as projected second-place team LSU (21), was the third most popular pick to win the conference after Florida and Georgia, and had more all-conference selections (nine on the first or second team) than any other squad.

First team


TE–Cornelius Ingram (56), Florida

OL–Andre Smith (64), Alabama

OL–Michael Oher (64), Mississippi

OL–Anthony Parker (56), Tennesseee

OL–Herman Johnson (45), LSU

C–Jonathan Luigs (58), Arkansas

WR–Percy Harvin (68), Florida

WR–Kenny McKinley (46), South Carolina

QB–Tim Tebow (64), Florida

RB–Knowshon Moreno (68) Georgia

RB–Arian Foster (50), Tennessee


DL–Greg Hardy (53), Mississippi

DL–Tyson Jackson (52), LSU

DL–Sen’Derrick Marks (45), Auburn

LB–Brandon Spikes (65), Florida

LB–Rico McCoy (46), Tennessee

LB–Jasper Brinkley (41), South Carolina

*LB–Darry Beckwith (40), LSU

*LB–Dannell Ellerbe (40), Georgia

DB–Derek Pegues (60), Mississippi St.

DB–Eric Berry (56), Tennessee

DB–D.J. Moore (46), Vanderbilt

DB–Rashad Johnson (43), Alabama

Special teams

K–Colt David (41), LSU

P–Ryan Shoemaker (40), Auburn

RS–Brandon James (35), Florida

Second team


TE–Richard Dickson (9), LSU

OL–Ciron Black (12), LSU

OL–Tyronne Green (9), Auburn

OL–Lee Ziemba (8), Auburn

OL–Garry Williams (8), Kentucky

C–Antoine Caldwell (10), Alabama

WR–Mohamed Massaquoi (11), Georgia

WR–Demetrius Byrd (9), LSU

QB–Matthew Stafford (6), Georgia

RB–Anthony Dixon (16), Mississippi St.

RB–Ben Tate (2), Auburn


DL–Ricky Jean-Francois (18), LSU

DL–Antonio Coleman (10), Auburn

DL–Jeremy Jarmon (9), Kentucky

LB–Tray Blackmon (17), Auburn

LB–Rolando McClain (15), Alabama

LB–Eric Norwood (14), South Carolina

LB–Jamar Chaney (8), Mississippi St.

DB–Captain Munnerlyn (20), South Carolina

DB–Trevard Lindley (15), Kentucky

DB–Asher Allen (13), Georgia

DB–Jerraud Powers (12), Auburn

Special teams

K–Wes Byrum (16), Auburn

P–Ryan Succop (20), South Carolina

RS–Javier Arenas (20), Alabama

total votes in parentheses (*=tie)

Predicted order of finish

SEC champion: Florida (36), Georgia (18), Auburn (13), LSU (1), Tennessee (1), Ole Miss (1)

Eastern Division

1-Florida (45)-98

2-Georgia (23)-121

3-Tennessee (2)-222

4-South Carolina-266



Western Division

1-Auburn (48)-99

2-LSU (21)-120


4-Mississippi State-299

5-Ole Miss (1)-338


first place votes in parentheses

The biggest question, or maybe the only question, about Auburn is who will be the starting quarterback on Aug. 30 when the Tigers host Louisiana-Monroe. Coach Tommy Tuberville on Friday provided some insight.

“If it was today, it would be Kodi Burns,” Tuberville said. “We have Chris Todd that went through spring practice about 80 percent. He really wasn’t a hundred percent in terms of injuries. He’s ready to go now; I think we’re going to have a lot of competition going into two-a-days.”

Last year’s quarterback, Brandon Cox, is gone, but the position might be more up in the air because the Tigers will be running a new system: first-year offensive coordinator Tony Franklin’s no-huddle spread instead of departed playcaller Al Borges’ West Coast attack.

Auburn center Jason Bosley said he thinks the offense will succeed no matter who he’s snapping the ball to.

“I can see a big difference [with the new offense],” he said. “It is fast-paced now, which is a complete 180-degree turnaround.”

Burns is the runner. Tuberville said he is someone capable of carrying the football as many as 15 times a game. Todd is more of a passer and has more experience in Franklin’s system.

Tuberville said he plans to use both quarterbacks but that he wants to have one “true starter,” a player that “knows he’s going to get the reps with the No. 1 team and the guy that all of us can look up to as the guy that, hey, if we need a touchdown in the end, he’s the guy we’re going to count on getting it done.”