Borges: Auburn's Passing Game Lagging a Bit

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - With young receivers and ailing backup quarterbacks, it's no surprise that Auburn's passing game hasn't been clicking perfectly in practice.

It's also no surprise that the coaches are getting a little impatient with only about two weeks left before the season opener against Kansas State.

That's why the receivers were running routes for an extra hour after a lackluster practice performance Tuesday evening.

Rodgeriqus Smith is the only wide receiver back who caught at least 15 balls last season.

Plus, backup quarterback Neil Caudle is expected to miss at least a month with a separated shoulder. Blake Field and Steven Ensminger are also nursing injuries.

Starter Brandon Cox and freshman Kodi Burns are the team's only healthy passers.

The receiving corps is beginning to take shape, however.

The Tigers' regulars are likely to include Robert Dunn, Prechae Rodriguez and redshirt freshman Tim Hawthorne along with Smith.

Other candidates include Montez Billings, out with a hamstring injury, redshirt freshman Terrell Zachery and freshmen Chris Slaughter and Quindarius Carr.

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