August 7, 2008

Two-a-day Insider: Franklin talks QB's

Not a day goes by that someone, somewhere, doesn't ask Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin about his quarterbacks.

Will Kodi Burns throw more this season? How's Chris Todd's shoulder? Is one ahead of the other?

For now, Franklin is keeping the answers quiet. Burns and Todd are still competing for the starting job, and Franklin and head coach Tommy Tuberville keep saying both will play this season.

Franklin is confident the competition isn't a negative.

"It's the best problem I think I've had in my life," he said. "I've had a lot of problems, but this is a really good one.

"They are both good; they are both competitive; they both are good leaders; they both like each other; the team likes both of them. It's a really good problem. There's nothing negative about it at all. It's nothing but positive."

With both quarterbacks playing well in practice, Franklin is in no hurry to call off the race. Saturday's scrimmage, the first of two-a-days, will be an important moment in the race. But it's far from over.

"It's one of those deals that the problem is so good that I don't even want to think about (ending) it," said Franklin. "I'll just keep evaluating every day and realizing regardless of that, is that they are both going to play. They are both good."

While Burns and Todd compete for the starting job, freshman Barrett Trotter and sophomore Neil Caudle are battling for the No. 3 spot. According to Franklin, that is also a tight race.

"It's a good competition," said Franklin. "They're very comparable in their strengths and their size and the things that they do well. It's a good race."

Franklin said Tuesday that he wants to get more practice reps for Trotter, who played in a spread-style offense in high school at Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian.

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