Auburn Football: Receivers Step Up or Stand Back

Dione Thrift@DThriftWarEagleContributor IAugust 6, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Running back Danny McCray #44 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates with running back Brad Lester #1 after McCray scored a touchdown while taking on the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 20, 2008 in Auburn, Alabama. LSU defeated Auburn 26-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

One of the big disappointments from last year's team was the lack of playmakers at the receiver position. Will that change this year? Hopefully it will. The Tigers have a new receiver's coach in Trooper Taylor.

Taylor has coached some good players, while at Oklahoma St. and also Tennessee. The Tigers top returning starters, Montez Billings finished last season with 24 receptions for 277 yards, and Tim Hawthorne finished the year with eight receptions and 208 yards.

Granted some of the poor plays were results from poor QB play but I think there is a lot of room for improvement. Coach Taylor made it pretty simple that the best receivers will play, regardless of how long they've been on the team.

Freshmen DeAngelo Benton and Emory Blake are already getting attention of fellow players. So what does this mean for the other receivers? That they can either step up or stand back.

Terrell Zachery and Darvin Adams both had a good spring performance. Montez Billings didn't participate this spring because of academic issues. Tim Hawthorne was getting a lot of praise from Coach Taylor, but was injured during summer work outs.

Another thing Coach Taylor mentioned is that he want his receivers not only to make impacts receiving, but also blocking. The Tigers have a few big receivers so that shouldn't be a problem.

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Hopefully, this position will improve from last year, and also make a great impact on the offense. 

On a side note, please leave comments, I want to know what to improve on, and if you guys think I should keep on writing more articles. Thank you.

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