Todd Named Auburn's Starter: Second Time Welcomed

j lContributor IIAugust 14, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Chris Todd #12 of the Auburn Tigers throws a pass while taking on the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. LSU defeated Auburn 26-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Chris Todd has been named Auburn's new starting quarterback. 

The question is:  Will he be welcomed the second time around?  The answer is yes. 

When Chris Todd first joined the Auburn Tigers, it was under unusual circumstances.  Todd was a journey man originally joining the Texas Tech football team.  After finishing second to Graham Harell, Todd transferred to a junior college in Kansas. 

While at Hutchinson Community College, Todd injured his throwing shoulder.  Todd was then recruited to Troy (State) University under Tony Franklin.  Tony Franklin was then named the offensive coordinator at Auburn and Chris Todd soon followed. 

Last fall, Chris Todd and Kodi Burns battled for the starting position and shared responsibilities with Burns until Burns cut his hand early in the season.  Playing with a bad shoulder, Todd remained the starter until he was pulled shortly after Franklin's firing when it was obvious that Todd's arm was no longer full strength. 

Auburn fans were probably resentful of Todd the first time around.  Todd was a player that followed a new coordinator into the program and fans thought that Todd was being played a favor.  It didn't help that the battle was close and that Burns had potential upside because of his youth and athleticism. 

Auburn fans quite frankly, no pun intended, wondered why their conventional recruit was not named the starter over the Franklin prodigy.  Todd's performance didn't help matters either.  Todd's throws lacked zip and Todd also looked indecisive and not mobile. 

One year later, Todd's repaired shoulder has restored zip to his throws.  Todd has also endured competition from four other quarterbacks and has earned the position over his competition. 

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Todd has earned this position under a new offensive coordinator with no ties.  This will speak wonders for how the Auburn fans will receive Todd as this years starter.  This is a huge contradiction to last year's situation. 

Todd and the Auburn offense will also be the beneficiaries of a new system under an entire offensive staff that is on the same page, as opposed to a staff in opposition. 

With Auburn naming Todd as the starter, Burns will move to receiver and be the wildcat or "Wild-Tiger" quarterback and likely a Fannin-style player.  Burns will also have the opportunity to be the back up in case of injury and with Todd being a senior, Burns could potentially start next year. 

This also gives Auburn the chance to mature Neil Caudle for next year and would then allow for Tyrik Rollinson to be the next starter.  Rollinson's performance this fall may lead to a starting roll next fall, but lets worry about that next year. 

The bottom line is that Chris Todd has battled back through injury and has beat out several candidates for the starting role.  Burns a true competitor gave a motivating speech to his teammates after the announcement of the starter. 

Todd has now truly earned the position on his own and deserves the respect that comes with it.  Auburn fans will truly embrace Todd and Auburn fans will give that respect. 

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