Thursday, March 13, 2008

Passing, passing and more passing

AUBURN -- With all of its name-brand running backs sitting out, Auburn had a 100-play passing scrimmage Thursday morning in Jordan-Hare Stadium, featuring Chris Todd's first scrimmage action at quarterback.

Todd, who has missed most of spring practice because of weakness in his right (throwing) shoulder, was the third quarterback in the game but looked capable of challenging for the starting job. He threw touchdown passes of 10 yards to Chris Slaughter, 10 yards to Tommy Trott and three yards to Montez Billings.

Todd had team-highs of 17 completions, 25 attempts and 168 yards. He tied Neil Caudle's thre touchdown passes and had no interceptions.

Caudle was 10-for-14 for 142 yards and three scores with no interceptions.

Kodi Burns dropped off from his first-scrimmage showing, going 7-for-19 for 122 yards and two scores and one interception.

In other quick notes of interest:

-- Former Wadley wide receiver Terrell Zachery caught touchdown passes of eight yards from Burns and 25 yards from Caudle. Zachery caught four passes for 46 yards.

-- Trott caught two touchdown passes, including a 40-yarder from Caudle. Trott had four catches for a team-high 90 yards.

-- Starting running backs Brad Lester and Ben Tate sat out of the scrimmage. Lester is not injured, Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said; the coaches just wanted to emphasize the quarterbacks. Tate (hamstring) worked out on the stadium steps.

-- Running back/receiver Mario Fannin will undergo surgery on his dislocated left shoulder Tuesday, Tuberville said. Fannin hurt the shoulder in Auburn's March 1 scrimmage and will miss the rest of spring practice.

-- Starting offensive guard Chaz Ramsey (back) sat out of the scrimmage. He had an epidural to curtail inflammation.

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