October 28, 2008

Confidence building in Burns

Kodi Burns has played in 15 career games and started four. But it wasn't until last Thursday at West Virginia that he truly felt like "the man" at quarterback.

It's also the first time he's played an entire game from start to finish.

"He's shown a lot of improvement," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He's going to be a good quarterback. We've got to give him some help.

"I've been impressed with Kodi. How he's handled it. How he comes to practice every day. He comes to get better."

Burns said he graded out at 86 percent against West Virginia, the first grade he's received this season. The quarterbacks did not receive grades under previous offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.

"It went OK. I mean, it could have gone a lot better," Burns said. "We didn't win, obviously. I came out in the first half and threw it eight for nine and was doing really good. In the second half, I kind of fell off a little bit."

Since the firing of Franklin, three days before the Arkansas game, Auburn has run a bare-bones offense as they've transitioned back to more of a power running football team.

But Auburn has begun adding to the offense this week and Burns said one thing they hope to do better is get the ball downfield more in the passing game.

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