November 25, 2009

Todd getting it done on and off the field

Football fans often don't appreciate what they have until it's gone and that's especially true of the quarterback position.

Take two of Auburn's former starting quarterbacks as an example. For three years and 35 games, Jason Campbell, who is now the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, came under a good bit of criticism.

But his fourth and final season on the Plains, Campbell led AU to an undefeated and SEC Championship season and cemented himself as one of the all-time greats.

His successor, Brandon Cox, had three successful years as Auburn's starter but fans seemed to always have a love-hate relationship with the Birmingham native depending on the outcome of each week's game.

With Cox gone last year, however, Auburn struggled mightily to find a consistent starting quarterback and slipped to a 5-7 record.

This season, Auburn has found its man at quarterback in Chris Todd. The senior has completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,196 yards and just five interceptions. His 19 touchdown passes ranks third in AU single-season history just one behind the record of 20 shared by Campbell and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan.

From AU offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's perspective, Todd has actually exceeded expectations.

"He's had some ups and downs but you got to understand from a quarterback standpoint a lot of times it may look like he didn't do a good job on a particular play. But this is a new offense and you're breaking in 11 new guys," Malzahn said.

"But he's done a very good job for us. Been very consistent. Shown a lot of toughness, a lot of leadership. At times has made some extremely good plays at important times."

Todd has also earned the respect of his teammates.

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