Well the Tiger's have determined their starting QB already in summer practice. The guy they chose is the guy who played like crap the first half of the season(Chris Todd) which resulted in his benching for another guy (Kodi Burns) who was just as bad if not worse running the offense.
Todd didn't even practice in the spring because he was recovering from off season shoulder surgery. It was his second shoulder surgery in the past two years. So in my estimation one of two things happened here. Either Todd won the job by default because none of the other QB's showed much of anything, or Todd came in with a clean bill of health and played his butt off the first week and a half of summer practice. I'm not sure which one I think happened.
Now the story is Burns is moving to WR and will come in for some reps as the Wildcat QB. I have to say I am tired of the Wildcat formation. One thing is certain for me though and that is that Burns really wasn't a QB. Unless this was Oklahoma or Nebraska from 85 or 95 Burns had no business as QB. Todd may not have put up the best of numbers last year, but during his time as the starter Auburn only lost a nail biter to LSU. The offense may not have been putting up huge stats but the bottom line is winning and they were doing that. Would the results the second half of the season been any different with Todd as QB last year as opposed to Burns? I doubt it Todd's shoulder wasn't the same after the hard hitting games with LSU and MSU. He didn't start the season with a shoulder that was 100% last year and I don't think it was going to get any better over the course of the year.
I'm not convinced Todd is the answer at QB for Auburn this year, but I think he will be the more effective QB in Coach Malzahn's version of the spread than what Burns would have been. Add in the fact that Burns is a pretty good athelete he should be able to make the transition to a WR pretty easily. He knows the play book so it will just be a matter of running good routes.
I think overall Auburn will be a better team this year even though their record may not show it. Anything less than a .500 season will be a disappointment to me personally.