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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Keys to Success: Wide Receivers

Sammie Coates has 2 of the 3 TD receptions of the returning WR's

 That most people remember the catch Kodi Burns made against the Oregon Ducks for a Touchdown is a good thing. What they probably don't remember is the crunching blocks he made countless times to get Auburn to that game. In fact, most of the guys playing the Wide Receiver position will tell you, it's a lot harder than just catching footballs.

 In the Gus Malzahn offense, WR's must  dedicate themselves to being physically able to go toe to toe against some of the best Defensive Backs in the country. Failure to prepare yourself for that battle will lead to riding the bench, and becoming a spectator.

 Darvin Adams, and Terrell Zachary were both excellent perimeter blockers, that had unusual ball hawking skills when it became crunch time. This is exactly what Auburn must have to experience any success on offense, especially in the outside run game.

 Auburn returns Trovon Reed, Quan Bray, Ricardo Louis, Sammie Coates, B.J. Trimble, Melvin Ray,  
Dimitri Reese, and Jaylon Denson,  Quan Bray is the only returning receiver that had multiple receptions last season with only 14 averaging just 6.7 yards per catch. The lone TD catch of Reed's, was a catch and run for a TD during a game where he was wearing #37 in remembrance of his friend LaDarious Phillips. Sammie Coates has the only other two TD receptions.

  The newly signed prospects at WR will report in the summer. Dominic Walker, Tony Stevens, and Earnest Robinson all look to make a name for themselves. They will get their chance, in the hot August sun. 

 Whomever emerges from the fall practices to lead thus unit on the field will have to be mentally tough, and physically brutal in their blocking techniques, as well as have good hands when the game is on the line. Sacrifice, and willingness to excel are great, but nothing beats pure desire to never lose a battle when blocking. The preparation for that excellence begins now!


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