March 13, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn offense tallied more than 400 yards and eight touchdowns through the air in a 100-play scrimmage Thursday morning inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"It was a good scrimmage," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We concentrated more on our passing today. We put the quarterbacks under fire. The defense started out strong, but the offense picked it up. We're still not very consistent on either side of the ball. But, it's been a good first 10 days of spring practice."
Transfer quarterback Chris Todd led all QB's with 168 yards passing, hitting 17-of-25 attempts with three touchdowns. Todd had touchdown throws of 10 yards to Chris Slaughter, five yards to Tommy Trott and three yards to Montez Billings.
"It was good to have Chris Todd back," Tuberville said. "He showed some signs of what we expect of him. He's still got work to do, but I thought he had a good day."
Sophomore Neil Caudle completed 10-of-14 passes for 142 yards with three touchdowns. Caudle hooked up with Trott on a 40-yard touchdown play, Terrell Zachery on a five-yard scoring strike and Quindarius Carr on a five-yard touchdown play.
Sophomore quarterback Kodi Burns hit 7-of-19 passes for 122 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Burns also had a rushing touchdown, from one yard out. Burns connected with Zachery for a 10-yard touchdown on the scrimmage's opening possession and with Davis Hooper on a 30-yard touchdown pass.
"I didn't think Kodi had quite as good a day as he did in the first scrimmage," Tuberville added. "Neil Caudle
looked pretty good today. I think he has really made some strides this spring."
Trott led all receivers with 90 yards on four catches. Charles Olatunji and Montez Billings each had five receptions, with Olatunji picking up 79 yards and Billings 42 and a score.
With most of the emphasis on the passing game, the Tigers had only 13 running plays to tailbacks for 28 yards. Mike Gibson ran five times for 19 yards, while Hooper had eight yards rushing and a touchdown.
Defensively, Sen'Derrick Marks recorded three sacks (-30 yards) and Jerraud Powers had the only interception of scrimmage, that coming in the end zone. Chris Evans led all tacklers with 11, including one sack (-10), while Josh Bynes had 10 tackles and a sack (-8).
The Tigers will take a week off for Spring Break before returning to the practice fields.