As Auburn fans would like to forget, there were many problems with the team last year. The quarterback race ended up being the dividing factor between the team, causing absolute chaos on and off the field.
All the distractions, all the mayhem, kept Auburn from being Auburn. Bottom line: Auburn was not successful because it could not find its' identity.
Now fast-forward to August 2009, where a new coaching staff is patiently putting together a team that seems to be in shambles. A new staff usually means all positions are open for starting time. In Auburn's case, there was no other option. Changes had to be made from the "status quo."
What I have come to learn over the past week is that Auburn fans and residents were getting ancy about who the quarterback was going to be. Most are like myself, following Pat Dye's saying of "as long as you have a blue jersey on," but the importance of this decision was not such an easy or simple task.
Facts and data had to be determined by a group of men that had only a week and a half to pick out what would be the future of Auburn. In this time, they chose Chris Todd.
This is the same Chris Todd that had shoulder issues going into last season. This is the same Chris Todd that was booed off the field due to poor performance. This was the same man that in conjuction with Kodi Burns that seemingly had the team split, though the split was neither of the young men's intention.
The feeling I get is no matter who was elected to starting quarterback, this establishes already what Auburn could not find all last season. Auburn now has some semblence of an identity. Let me say that again, I-den-ti-ty. Something those young men could rally around. Something they could grasp and go, "Yes, this is what we are."
Now call it whatever you may wish. Here on the Plains, we tend to use the term "Auburn man." It has been exemplified by those men on the practice field already. This is what these men have starved for all year. As defensive back Walter McFadden put it best, "The only thing we can do is say `Chris Todd is our quarterback,' and that's who we're going to be behind."
Now there still is a season to go through, and highs and lows will be expected. Most say there will be more sorrows than jubilations on the Plains this year, but right now, none of that matters. What matters is that Auburn is turning into a team.
Auburn is finally becoming Auburn again.