Auburn's Receiver Position Looks To No Longer Be An Unknown

Dione Thrift@DThriftWarEagleContributor IJanuary 18, 2010

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Darvin Adams #89 of the Auburn Tigers scores a touchdown as he gets tackled by Robert Sands #2 of the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that the Auburn Tigers' football program is known more for running backs and not receivers. After the 2008 season, fans were wondering how would the receiver problem, which seemed to be in shambles, improve? 

People went all out saying that incoming freshman DeAngelo Benton and Emory Blake would come in immediately and make an impact. Well, that didn't happen. 

Fans were surprised to see the names of Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachery making big plays. Not only have these receivers stepped up and made big plays, but they've also proved that they are reliable.

I have a few fun facts. Rod Smith, the top receiver in 2008, finished the season with 30 receptions and 332 yards and one touchdown. 

In 2009, the third best receiver, Mario Fannin, finished the with 42 receptions and 413 yards and three touchdowns. Terrell Zachery finished with 26 receptions and 447 yards with five touchdowns, and leading receiver Darvin Adams finished the year with 60 receptions and 997 yards for 10 touchdowns. 

Of course, a new offense and a more accurate quarterback helped, but the receivers did show that they could make big plays.

Adams and Zachery will look to have some challengers for the starting position, with DeAngelo Benton and Emory Blake hoping to improve. Some freshmen might come in and try to compete for playing time, but, with a lot of depth at receiver, some might take a redshirt year. 

One thing for sure is that there doesn't appear to be a problem with the receivers at Auburn for awhile. Gus Malzhan's offense is run first, but it is also passing friendly. It has proved to be a balanced offense, and, with the added depth, the receiving production could increase...given that a decent quarterback is under center.