Tuberville says Burns won’t play this weekend

AUBURN, Ala. ­ Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said he didn’t anticipate playing freshman quarterback Kodi Burns this week. Speculation had fueled message boards this week, particularly after Auburn wide receiver Robert Dunn said they had been using Burns in some Tim Tebow-type packages. Last year, Florida effectively brought in Tebow to share time with senior Chris Leak during certain situations to add a running dimension to the position. It helped Florida win a national title. Auburn fans have been calling for a change at quarterback after a poor outing from fifth-year senior Brandon Cox. Tuberville said Cox is still the starter. He has said that Burns would not play this year unless he moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart. Tuberville said that hasn’t happened.”Blake (Field) is our No. 2,” Tuberville said.

Field actually fanned the flames of speculation on Tuesday when he declined to comment on how many second-team snaps he had been getting this week. Auburn entered the fall with five quarterbacks on scholarship, but injury and attrition reduced that number to three for a while. Steven Ensminger transferred to Louisiana Tech last year. Redshirt freshman Neil Caudle, who separated his shoulder in Auburn’s first fall scrimmage, has been throwing more, Tuberville said. He’s been working with the scout team as well.

“We’re trying to get his arm stronger, so he’s throwing more,” Tuberville said.

Auburn practiced for about two hours on Wednesday. The Tigers will practice again this morning at 9:50.

Where is Lester?

It’s not quite as intriguing a game as “Where’s Waldo,” unless you’re an Auburn fan, but trying to figure out if Auburn running back Brad Lester is still practicing could keep one busy for a while. Lester was nowhere to be seen during the early stages of Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices. He was seen leaving before the end of practice both days. However, Tuberville said he’s been practicing. “He was out here,” he said Wednesday. “He left early.” When asked specifically if he had a class, Tuberville said, “Must have. He’s got a world history test this week and a physical geology test.” Lester is still suspended until the resolution of unspecified academic issues. He has sat out Auburn’s first two games.

No change

Tuberville said there has been no change in the status of Auburn’s injured players. :inebacker Tray Blackmon and safety Aairon Savage, who have ankle injuries, both practiced, but are only probable for the game on Saturday. “They’re still not 100 percent,” Tuberville said. “We’ll just have to wait and see before the game if they’re going to play. They know the game plan.” Last week, the two were held at the last minute. Cornerback Jonathan Wilhite (hamstring) is also probable. Linebacker Merrill Johnson (shoulder) and punter Ryan Shoemaker (elbow) are both doubtful for the game. “Wilhite could play, but we’re just holding him out right now trying to get him 100 percent,” Tuberville said. “He should play.”

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