Auburn Football Practice Report
Quarterback Chris Todd

Aug. 15, 2009


AUBURN - The Auburn football team held its second scrimmage of the season Saturday evening in Jordan-Hare Stadium, running approximately 60 plays. The scrimmage signified the completion of two-a-days as classes at Auburn are slated to begin on Monday, Aug. 17.

"I thought tonight was a productive night, I really do," said head coach Gene Chizik. "This deep into camp, of course you worry about injuries and you worry about where they are mentally, they are beat down and tired. But, we had a really good response tonight, really focused and I thought we got a lot accomplished. We played a lot of young guys and we are trying to make some final determinations on who can help our football team with three weeks to go."

The scrimmage was the first for the Tigers since naming senior Chris Todd as the team's starting quarterback. With another full-speed scrimmage under the team's belt, Chizik was encouraged by what he saw on offense.

"It certainly lets the guys around Chris have a feel for snap counts and where he has tendencies to throw the football, things of that nature," said Chizik. "We moved the ball well, that was encouraging, and I hope that had something to do with it."

Chizik also saw some promising things out of junior Kodi Burns, who was playing his first scrimmage in his new role as a receiver.

"Kodi did a great job, he played some wildcat, played some receiver, had a nice run out of wildcat one time," said Chizik. "He is meshing into his new role very well with a great spirit and attitude and he will just continue to get better."

The scrimmage was an offense versus defense format. It simulated game conditions with a game clock and referees on the field.

Chizik said the coaching staff also tried some new things with the defense, taking a closer look at some of the younger players to try to find their proper role with the team.



"There were some young guys that I thought stepped up to the plate and did some good things," said Chizik. "We want to see if they can run and hit, and see athletically if they can do what we ask them to do. That is what we are doing in a scrimmage like tonight where time after time they will learn what we are trying to do. We are trying to find guys that physically can help us, whether it be on defense of covering kicks."

Chizik also announced after the scrimmage that deep snapper Clayton Crofoot, wide receiver John Cubelic and punter Clinton Durst had been awarded scholarships for the upcoming season.

Auburn will take two days off with Sunday being Fan Day and Monday being the first day of classes. After 11-straight days of work, Chzik said the time off is well-deserved.

"They are due. Eleven straight days is really tough, so they are ready to get two days off," said Chizik. "They need it and deserve it because they have worked really hard up to this point. I am really proud of how they have pushed through the 11 days."

Auburn's annual Fan Day presented by Golden Flake Snack Foods is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 16 from 2-4 p.m. CT at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The event is free of charge.

The Auburn football team, football head coach Gene Chizik, along with the Auburn cheerleaders, Tiger Paws, Aubie, and the women's basketball, soccer and volleyball teams will be available for autographs. Posters and schedule cards will be provided at no charge.

Fans are asked to enter Jordan-Hare from the west side of the stadium. Fans interested in obtaining Coach Chizik's autograph (one item per person) will be asked to enter the stadium at Gate 11 (west side). There will not be access to Coach Chizik's line inside the stadium.

The Auburn offense will be staged on the south concourse, while the Tigers' defense and special teams will be staged on the north concourse. The Auburn cheerleaders, Tiger Paws, Aubie, and the women's basketball, soccer and volleyball teams will be staged on the west concourse. Fans will be able to get their pictures made with Aubie courtesy of Academy Sports. The Auburn ISP Network's football crew of Rod Bramblett, Stan White, Quentin Riggins, Andy Burcham and Paul Ellen will be signing autographs as well.

Auburn's season opener is slated for Sept. 5 when the Tigers host Louisiana Tech at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Auburn Post-Scrimmage Player Quotes - 8/15/09

Defensive Player Quotes

Nosa Eguae, DL
On today's defensive performance...
"It's been good. We've just been trying to work on going out there and getting better every day. It's all about getting to the ball, that is what coach (Ted) Roof has been telling us. All the coaches have been pushing us to go hard. Everyday go hard. That's what we've been trying to do."

"The offense did well today. They were going up against a good defense and they made some plays. They've been improving just like we have since two-a-days started. Everyone is starting to get on the same page. We're just ready for this season to get started."

Walt McFadden, DB
Thoughts on the second scrimmage...
"It went well. The defense is still going to have to do a lot of work. The offense stepped their game up a lot. We just have to keep pushing and getting ready for the first game. A lot of things are coming together right now, especially as a whole team. We're all supportive of each other and trying to become a better team than we were last year."

On today's offensive performance...
"The whole offense stepped up today. Everyone had a firm belief in their quarterback and he led the offense. (Chris Todd) really attacked the defense and showed that he's the starting quarterback. They made some big plays out there. They're becoming a great offense."

Daren Bates, DB
Thoughts on the second scrimmage...
"I thought it went well. We still have some work we have to get done on defense. It is Aug. 15, everything's going to come together by Sept. 5. Everybody's working extremely hard right now to be ready for that first game."

On remaining time before start of the season...
"We've just got to practice and get better. Coach Roof has put it out there for us. We know it's going to work, we just have to do what he says and it will all come together. I'm just ready to get my chance. I've been taking it all in doing what the coaches say to do. All I can do is keep trying to get better every day and one day I'll be out there."

Offensive Player Quotes

Chris Todd, QB
On mood of the team...
"I think that everybody is just a little bit excited that it's the last day of camp. Everybody has been busting their butt everyday and we are just trying to go out with a bang. Today, we just tried to come out and have a good scrimmage."

Overall thoughts of the scrimmage...
"I think we did all right. We had some things rolling offensively that we were excited about, but we also have some things that we still need to work on. There were a lot of positives, but we will take a lot away from today."

On offensive performance...
"Like I said, there are a lot of positives that we will take out of the scrimmage. There are a few things that we'll work on, but overall I think we worked well together."

Eric Smith, RB
On mood of the team...
"We felt pretty good. Everybody was pretty happy that this was the last day. We've put in a lot of hard work and Coach (Gene) Chizik told us that everything was going to be 24-7 and that's really all that we've been doing - eating, sleeping and living football every day. Everyone came in with a good mood, happy that the scrimmage went pretty well and things were good."

Overall thoughts of the scrimmage....
"I feel like it went pretty good. Offensively, we felt like we had a pretty good scrimmage with all the plays that we had in. I knew we were going to narrow it down, but if we can handle it with all of those plays, with everyone knowing all of the plays and running them well, I know that when we finally narrow it down and condense it, I know that it's going to be a lot better and that Coach (Gus) Malzahn is going to come up with a heck of a plan to beat Louisiana Tech."

On moving into the regular season...
"I feel like everybody will take this in stride. It's a good momentum swing to be able to go into the season knowing that we finished up with camp on such a high note."

Mario Fannin, RB
On mood of the team...
"Everybody was anxious, you know, to get this scrimmage going. I feel like we made a lot of progress, both offensively and defensively."

Overall thoughts of the scrimmage...
"It went good. We ran a lot of big plays on offense and the defense made a lot of good stops, so it's kind of like we're pulling everything together now."

On offensive performance...
"We've tried to eliminate a lot of the errors that we had and we've basically just tried to follow through on everything that the coaches taught us, as far as executing the plays well and just getting after it and that's something that we did today and we kind of came out on top."

On taking the momentum into the regular season...
"We've just got to keep it going, that's the main thing. We have to keep the focus on the first game and get everything ready for the first game and once we've got that first game out of the way, we'll look at the next one. We've got to take it one at a time."