Burns in a strong position in the race to be Auburn’s starting quarterback

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* The race isn’t over yet, but it’s going to be hard for anyone to beat out Kodi Burns at quarterback if his passing continues to improve. His running and throwing ability will make him a force in Tony Franklin’s offensive scheme. Of course, Neil Caudle, Chris Todd or freshman DeRon Furr could still have something to say about that.

Tailback Brad Lester catches a touchdown pass during last Saturday’s scrimmage.

* Speaking of Furr, he is one terrific-looking athlete. Whether he’ll be ready to play next season or not is an open question, but he certainly has everything you are looking for.

* Remember the name Charles Olatunji, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound walk-on wide receiver from Lilburn, Ga., It might or might not mean anything next season, but he seems to be getting a hard look.

* Franklin says he doesn’t remember losing as many players at one position as he has lost at tailback this spring. At Sunday’s practice, Brad Lester was the only scholarship tailback available. It might be that way for a while.

* Though first-year coordinator Paul Rhoads said there was a dropoff when they got tired, it looked to me like Auburn’s defensive players were playing fast and physical in Saturday’s scrimmage.

* Rhoads might not be as demonstrative as Will Muschamp, but he seems to be every bit as intense.

* Byron Isom had a good day playing in place of right guard Chaz Ramsey in Saturday’s scrimmage.

* There’s no word yet on the players who went to Birmingham on Monday to have their injuries checked.

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