Borges Hopes to Field A Solid Backup QB

Blake Field

Auburn, Ala.--Blake Field, the redshirt freshman who is just one play away from being in the spotlight, is making progress as Auburn's backup quarterback.

That is the opinion of Al Borges, Auburn's second-year offensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

"He has been doing a really nice job," Borges says. "He is still a little rough around the edges in certain parts of the game, but he is throwing the ball really, really well.

"He has been very smooth," Borges adds. "He is a real athletic kid. He is working hard at it and that is what excites me. I know as long as he is working hard at it he is going to improve. That is a key for a guy who is a backup quarterback as well as a starting quarterback."

Blake Field listens to instructions from Al Borges during preseason practice.

Field won a competition with another redshirt freshman, Calvin Booker, to be the backup to sophomore Brandon Cox. Booker is getting some snaps with the second offense, but most of that work goes to Field, a Georgia native who played his senior season at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Fla.

"He (Booker) has been doing skelly drills," Borges says. "He is still very much involved in our game plan. You just can't rep him like you can your number two. It is hard enough to get two guys ready, never mind three."

Brandon Cox (12) steps into the starting role this week. Last year he was the backup, the role Blake Field will play this season.

Borges also notes that he feels good about what he has seen in practice from Brandon Cox, who takes over from Jason Campbell as the starting quarterback.

"I won't know until he plays in a game, but we are doing as much as we can to show him as many looks as possible every day in practice," Borges says. "He would appear to be very ready, but you don't know that until you get in there and the bullets start firing. Sometimes what you think is going to happen doesn't happen. Sometimes what you think is going to happen turns out better than expected."

Borges, Cox, Field and the rest of the Tigers have the day off from practice on Monday, but will be back on the practice field on Tuesday preparing for Saturday night's season opener vs. visiting Georgia Tech.

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