Kodi Burns: The Tale Of a Fan Favorite

Nathan DealCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2010

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Wide receiver Kodi Burns #18 of the Auburn Tigers tosses the football after a kick return against the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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It seems that from the time he has arrived on campus, Kodi Burns has been a fan favorite. From his first career TD in the 19-14 loss to Mississippi State in 2007, to the game-winning TD run against Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, to his transition to Wide Receiver, Kodi Burns has been loved by the Auburn faithful.

In 2007, Kodi Burns was a highly touted QB out of Arkansas who committed to Tuberville's Tigers. He made an instant impact, as he threw a TD and ran for another one against Clemson, earning Player of the Game honors. He seemed to be the next big thing on the Plains.

Then Tony Franklin happened. He never picked a true starter all season, starting Kodi Burns in the season opener and not playing him again until the coyote-ugly 14-12 win over Tennessee. The season was a disaster, as Auburn finished 5-7. Kodi Burns went 2-4 as the starter, including the 36-0 loss in Tuscaloosa to the Crimson Tide. Still, for some reason, Auburn faithful still loved the guy.

Before 2009, some 5-19 idiot named Gene Chizik was hired to coach the Tigers. Once again, a QB competition opened up. It looked like either Kodi Burns or Neil Caudle would be the signal-caller. Shockingly, Chris Todd came from nowhere to win the job, and in the end, it was a good choice, as he threw 22 TDs and just 6 INTs. But what Burns did after Todd was named the starter was the ultimate definition of a team player and an Auburn man.

He walked into Chizik's office and said, "I'll do anything to help the team be successful". This inspired the team. Burns landed at WR, where he played pretty well last season. But just because he was a WR didn't mean he wouldn't throw the ball. He threw quite a few TD passes from the Wildcat formation, though most often he just kept the ball and ran.

Burns sometimes made poor decisions, including the Outback Bowl. Stats? 0-2, zero yards, 2 interceptions. And yet, Auburn faithful loves the guy. He was the starting QB for the 2008 Iron Bowl...but Auburn faithful loves the guy.

There's no denying it. He makes mistakes from time to time. He has a tendency to lob it up and make what should be an easy TD a close call or INT. But because of his  willingness to help the team and his ability to be an all-around team player...you just can't be mad at him.