Auburn, Ala.--Blake Field has no other choice but to continue to work and bide his time. As much as the sophomore would love to get on the field as Auburn’s quarterback this season his time is limited because he’s the backup to starter Brandon Cox. Because he’s never sure when he’ll see the field again, Field says that all he can do is work hard and be ready when the time comes.
This Saturday could be one of those times. With Auburn facing Arkansas State in the last non-conference game of the regular season the time is running short for Field this season with only games against Georgia and Alabama remaining. He says that while he hopes to get on field this week he’s not going to treat it any differently.
“Every other week there has been a game like such as Mississippi State and Buffalo and Tulane,” Field says. “Everybody has asked me if I think I’m going to get a shot. It doesn’t really happen until late in the fourth quarter because a lot of times we don’t do what we’re supposed to do and handle them like we we’re supposed to. We can’t underestimate anybody. Every week is a week for me to get better. I don’t take them lightly even with the chance I might play. I take it as I hope to play but I don’t expect to. If you expect to you’ll be let down. If I’m called on I’ll be ready.”
Field talks with offensive coordinator Al Borges during his only career start last season.
So far in 2006 Field has played very little. In fact he’s only attempted eight passes although he has completed all eight for 47 yards. With Cox banged up much of the season with knee and ankle injuries, Field says he’s been hearing from people that he should have been playing more. While he would like nothing better to get on the field in crunch time, Field says that Cox has earned the right to play and has shown his toughness this season by not missing a beat.
“A lot of people come to me and say things, there’s always negative people in this world,” Field says. “I’ll always praise Brandon. He’s still there no matter what. He’s been knocked down and beat up, but he’s still there. He’s still fighting and he’s still our starter. He’s tough. He’s had the medical problem and it’s not going to take away from his toughness. He’s proven that.
”He loves to play football and he’s going to fight through the pain to get there. I have been very impressed with him and I’m going to continue to be impressed by him because he’s our starter and he’s our starter for a reason. He knows what the game is all about and he knows what to do all the time. He’s made the plays that need to be made and he’s stuck in there. I respect him and I try to follow what he shows as a leader.”
A year removed from his only start as a collegian, Field says that although he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked this season, only taking part in three games and all in a mop-up role, he’s much better off if forced into playing than he was last year.
“I know the offense a lot better,” Field says. “It has taken a long time because this is a very difficult offense. It’s taken me a long time to let it all sink in. I believe I’m a lot better quarterback. Like coach always tells me, I need to be more consistent. All that really comes in practice situations because I haven’t had a whole lot of playing time. This year going into to a game I’m not nervous anymore because I started a game last year. That’s the hard part is starting a game. I think I have improved a lot this year with a lot less playing time.”
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