With quick apologies to the Auburn faithful for the sensational headline, there was no way I was letting Trooper Taylor's assessment of his receiving corps from yesterday's second practice go to waste.
Should you be worried Auburn fans? Not in the least. Auburn just finished the toughest week of the season: freshmen taking the field for the first time, heralded freshmen recruits being yelled at by coaches for the first time (welcome to college football gentlemen), two-a-days, 100-plus degree heat index, brand new terminology coming at them faster than a vampire can go from here to there, and Trooper Taylor marshaling over his troops and not hearing excuses for any of it.
I like it. Give 'em hell, Troop.
Coach Taylor just prepared his guys for war. He was still going after his bunch late into the post-practice night for his groups execution and effort. Notice I didn't say lack of.
It was there, but he is going to make them find more. Can you imagine being a wide receiver in a fast break offense in your second practice of the day, fighting through the above conditions, and your coach wants more?
Trooper Taylor will demand it and he will get it. His corps is deep and talented and he has enough wide receiver options to run three of Gus Malzahn's offenses.
The most recent film I have seen of Auburn hammers home the point that coaches Taylor and Malzahn work well together. And if indeed they've found their man at quarterback in Cameron Newton, Auburn should be busting down the door in 2010.
The offensive line is there and while the running back situation is not Cribbs, Brooks, and Andrews, it is Mario Fannin, Ontario McCalebb, and Michael Dyer. You think half the SEC wouldn't trade up for that combo?
Coach Taylor even took it a step further, figuratively putting his finger in the chest of those players who did not practice, by saying, "I thought the guys that did practice made plays. The guys that stood around and watched and found a way to get out of practice didn't. We're going to get all that taken care of."
I believe Coach Taylor sees the big picture. Auburn graduates about 106 players this year and needs to have a huge season. There are too many talented seniors and draft eligible juniors on the roster to get complacent.
There is work to do.