January 2, 2008
Atlanta -- The last play of the 2007 season for Auburn should provide a great preview of 2008 for the Tigers.
Freshman quarterback Kodi Burns sliced through the Clemson defense on a 7-yard touchdown run in overtime, giving Auburn the 23-20 win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The mobile Burns received an expanded role in the Tigers new spread option offense, leading Auburn with 13-carries for 69-yards rushing.
Burns will go into next season as the Tigers #1 quarterback, and says he was a little surprised by his expanded role.
"I've been thinking about it all week," says Burns, "and I was executing in practice, but I never knew it'd be to this extent."
Head coach Tommy Tubberville says, "He'll go in as #1, because he's earned that. He's a gamer. You look at him on the sidelines, and he looks like a 3rd or 4th year player. He's got a lot of work to do in a lot of areas, but he's a competitor."
Auburn ends the season 9-4.