Auburn's Burns Hoping for More Playing Time

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Not too long ago, No. 19 Auburn was a two-quarterback team.

The improved play of starter Brandon Cox ended that notion. But freshman Kodi Burns is hoping to finally get significant playing time again against heavy underdog Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

Burns started against New Mexico State. But he has attempted only one pass in his last five games and has run three times for 7 yards in the last three. He came onto the field once against Mississippi, was forced to call timeout with the play clock winding down, and didn't reappear.

The early playing time cost him a chance to redshirt, but also gave Burns some experience heading into the spring, when he will vie for the starting job with Blake Field and Neil Caudle.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges said Burns' mastery of Auburn's offense has grown "significantly" despite his decreased playing time.

Will he play Saturday?

Coach Tommy Tuberville said he'll wait and see how the game's going.

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