Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Offensive players unhappy

AUBURN — Backup quarterback Kodi Burns met with reporters Tuesday and said that watching Auburn’s dismal offensive showing was frustrating on Saturday.
“I’m pretty sure it was frustrating for a lot of people, including myself,” Burns said. “You just have to sit back and wait your turn. Hopefully you get a chance to go out there and make a play. Of course, I wasn’t able to make a play or chance, but we’ll see about this week.”
After starting in the first game, Burns played sparingly against Southern Mississippi. Chris Todd emerged as the starter after the USM game and Burns didn’t play at all during the Tigers’ 3-2 win against Mississippi State.
Burns described his relationship with offensive coordinator Tony Franklin as “kind of more like a business relationship.”
Burns said he didn’t know whether or not he would play last week. He also said he wasn’t sure he would play against LSU.
Burns wasn’t the only player frustrated with the offensive output on Saturday.
Receiver Tim Hawthorne said he thought he was open several times, but didn’t get the ball.
“Just like everybody else,” Hawthorne said. “It’s just a matter of quarterbacks trusting the receivers and the receivers expecting the ball. (We’re open) from our perspective. But at the same time, you’ve got to look at it from a quarterback’s perspective.
“A lot of times that myself and a lot of other receivers are getting open, but the quarterback’s got the ball. He’s got to get it to you. I guess I’d just like to see us take more chances. I think we’ve been a little conservative.”
Todd said he thinks the Y receiver, the position Hawthorne plays, has gotten open several times this season.
Now it’s a matter of getting the ball to the open receiver more often.
“There are plays that can be made,” Todd said. “We just need to make them.”
— Luke Brietzke

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