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The Future is here

“Our intention was really to play him in spots – here and there – but he did such a nice job when he came in, we just decided to stay with him.” Al Borges, on playing Kodi Burns

You wanted it. You got it. Kodi Burns is the Auburn University quarterback.

Or is he?

“I don’t know,” head coach Tommy Tuberville said.

But you do.

Burns will be the guy. Brandon Cox, well, now, he’s the other guy.

That’s the way it was Saturday. And that’s the way it’ll be for the rest of this year.

Burns is the quarterback for this team. This two-loss team.

From No. 3 to No. 1 just like that on a team that went from 1-0 to 1-2 even quicker.

Since the Tigers’ season face-planted Saturday in a 19-14 loss to Mississippi State, so did Cox’s chance at finishing the season as the top signal-caller.

Burns is the quarterback. The Future is here.

Anyone else need sunglasses?

Like it or not, Auburn just gave a true freshman the keys to its offense and its season.

And he drove it pretty well … considering.

And now that Auburn has no chance of winning the SEC West and going to Atlanta, Burns will be behind the wheel a lot more.


Listening to the student section Saturday, that’s an easy answer.

When No. 18 entered the game after Cox opened up with consecutive interceptions on the Tigers’ first two possessions, chants of “Kodi, Kodi, Kodi,” were flying around Jordan-Hare Stadium like Nova on a dinner run.

They love him. Burns. Not Cox.

And they will continue to. Especially now that Auburn’s 2007 season is in the past.

Remember, this is an 18-year-old playing quarterback in the SEC.

He gives Auburn a chance to be better. He gives them a chance to win. Not now. But later. Much later.

Remember, this is an 18-year-old playing quarterback in the SEC.

Burns needs time to develop. He needs time to mature. He needs time to learn all the plays.

“He will get a lot better,” Tuberville said of Burns.

Auburn can’t get much worse.

This just in: Mississippi State 19, Auburn 14.

“This is a team that will have a lot of ups and downs,” Tuberville said.

In case you missed it: Mississippi State 19, Auburn 14.

That’s why Burns will play. A lot. He has to. Next year’s right around the corner.

And even if the Tigers haven’t given up on Cox, which they didn’t Saturday when AU needed a touchdown, they won’t go to him as often.

And why should they? Two interceptions in two pass attempts.

Even Cox knew that wouldn’t cut it.

“I went ahead and accepted it,” Cox said of being benched.

Six interceptions, a fumble and only two touchdowns in his first three games. That’s not the swan song Cox wanted to be humming in his final season on the Plains.

Now, he’s relegated to singing Burns’ praise.

“I turned into a cheerleader,” Cox said. “Kodi did really well. I was on the sidelines doing everything I could to keep people going.”

He will be doing a lot of that this season, I’m afraid.

Like it or not, Cox’s time is almost up. It’s a shame. But this is football.

This is a game of “what have you done for me lately.” And, lately, Cox hasn’t done much. Burns has.

And that’s the way it is.

For the rest of this season and the next.

“We got to look forward,” Tuberville said. “We can’t look back and dwell on these losses. We know we can win some games.”

The Future is here, and now Auburn will be playing for it.

1 Response to “The Future is here”

  • Im fine with a two headed monster. Until Brandon can get his shit together it is best to put in the young talent and let kodi among others develop. Brandon is a smart quarterback who might benefit the team more as a tutor/mentor for the young beast. Saturday brought back what AUBURN FOOTBALL is all about. RUNNING THE BALL!!!!

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