April 2, 2008
The Auburn football team wrapped up the 2008 spring season with a practice and half scrimmage Wednesday night under the lights at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was an evening filled with big plays at the Tigers had eight plays of over 20 yards, including five of at least 40 yards, while scoring touchdowns on seven drives.
"We had a good 15 days of practice this spring," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "We got a lot accomplished, and I feel like we got a lot out of it. I thought our consistency was a lot better today. The first team offense hit the wall a little bit a few times, but that is going to happen. We need to work on being more consistent."
Kodi Burns connected on 12 of his 15 pass attempts for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Burns completed his first 10 passes before finally missing a target. He opened the scoring with a 12-yard strike to James Swinton and later added a 35-yard touchdown to Quindarius Carr. Burns also added 39 yards on the ground on seven carries.
Chris Todd was 11-of-18 for 144 yards, including a 63-yard pass to Rodgeriqus Smith. Todd led Auburn on touchdown drives of 76 and 70 yards during the scrimmage, as well as a 34-yard drive that ended with a 53-yard Wes Byrum field goal.
"I am really proud of Kodi Burns," said Tuberville. "He is very much improved. I like the way he ran the offense and that is what you are looking for in a scrimmage like this at the end to see the control your quarterbacks have, especially in a new offense. Chris (Todd) did well too. Both of them looked very comfortable."
carried just twice, but one of those went for a 69-yard touchdown, as he finished with a team-leading 75 yards. Anthony Jemison
added 59 yards on 10 carries.
Ben Tate capped one drive with an 8-yard score and finished with 22 yards on six attempts, while Brad Lester added 19 yards on eight carries including a 2-yard leap over the pile for a touchdown.
Neil Caudle capped a 65-yard scoring drive with a 52-yard scoring pass to Terrell Zachery, helping Zachery finish with a share of the team lead with 91 yards on three catches. Smith also had 91 yards on three catches.
Auburn's final touchdown came on a 42-yard pass from DeRon Furr to Charles Olatunji. Furr completed two of his three attempts for 59 yards and a score.
Chris Slaughter led all receivers with six catches for 87 yards, while Swinton was next with four grabs for 35 yards and a score. In all, 14 players caught at least one pass.
Defensively, Tray Blackmon lead the team with nine tackles, including six solo stops, while Mike Slade added six tackles. Antoine Carter had four tackles including a pair of sacks, while Michael Goggans had two tackles for losses as well.
Zac Etheridge had the lone interception, returning a Caudle pick 17 yards, while Walter McFadden broke up two passes. Both players finished with four tackles.
"I told the guys that this group has a great opportunity, but it depends on the next few months and how hard they want to work to get to Atlanta and win in Atlanta," said Tuberville. "There are a lot of other teams out there who have a lot of talent, but this is a good group and they have come together. They have to keep getting better and keep doing their own work in the offseason, and come back and have a nice two-a-days."