August 13, 2009

Todd named starting quarterback

Chris Todd had no idea what to expect when fall camp began.

The senior quarterback knew he was behind in the starting competition after he missed all of spring practice while recovering from shoulder surgery.

He knew the timeframe for him to enter the quarterback race wouldn't be long.

Thursday, Todd found out he did enough during the first eight practices for Gene Chizik and Gus Malzahn to name him Auburn's starting quarterback.

"I really didn't know what to expect," Todd said. "I knew what coach Malzahn's expectations were. I knew what he wanted to do, but I knew it would be hard. I knew it would be a really short window of opportunity to win the job. I knew I'd have to come out and compete hard."

Malzahn said before the Tigers opened camp that Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle would open as the leaders.

However, he also remained committed to giving all newcomers a chance.

That opportunity gave Todd's shoulder a chance to regain the strength that once led former offensive coordinator Tony Franklin to say he could throw a ball through a car wash without it getting wet.

Todd cautiously avoids saying it's as good as it ever was, but he definitely thinks it's as strong as it's been since he came to Auburn from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

Just two days after the first scrimmage, Chizik had seen enough to name Todd the starter.

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