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Monday, April 20, 2009
Recapping Auburn's spring game

By Chris Low
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The reason first-year Auburn coach Gene Chizik brought in Gus Malzahn to be his offensive coordinator was to put some pizzazz back into the Tigers' offense, which was difficult to watch a year ago.

Judging from the spring game last Saturday, the Tigers are going to be more explosive next fall. There were five plays of 40 yards or more in the game and two 70-yard touchdowns, including one from freshman running back Onterio McCalebb.

What the game didn't produce (or the spring, for that matter) was a starting quarterback. The race between Kodi Burns and Neil Caudle will spill over into the summer.

Caudle had the better passing numbers Saturday with 161 yards and two touchdowns, but Burns directed the first three touchdown drives. Malzahn said he would look a lot deeper than just the spring game when making a decision on who would be the starter next fall.

Like most teams, Auburn kept many of its bigger name defensive players out of the game. So putting too much stock into the offensive production might be a tad premature.

Here's a roundup on Auburn's official Web site from the spring game, including stats and quotes.

The Tigers practiced one final time Sunday to close out the spring.