Monday, August 21, 2006

Sophomore Moves Into Starting Role

One of the biggest concerns facing Auburn this season is at the wide receiver position. Courtney Taylor is expected to lead a group that is thin on experience but huge on potential. That can be dangerous.

However, since practice started a few weeks ago, a little known sophomore is making a big name for himself. Rodgeriqus Smith has gone from being the third string backup to Taylor to starter at the X receiver position. He has now passed Prechae Rodriguez on the depth chart.

The Snellville, Georgia native played in seven games last year and had six catches for 109 yards. Offensive coordinator Al Borges said yesterday, “If we played tomorrow he’d be the starting X receiver. He was today (Saturday). Courtney (Taylor) would be the Z. I told the players from day one--there is no seniority system."

This is great news for the Tigers. If Rodriguez can build on his solid sophomore campaign, Auburn can be become formidable at the position early in the season. This may the key to the Tigers title run.

Below is a link to an excellent article from Inside The Auburn Tigers. In the story, Al Borges gives us an update on where the offense stands after this weekend's practice.


Cool Hand Mike said...

What's up with Tim Hawthorne?

Jay Coulter said...

From listening to Borges on Saturday it looks like he's made the depth chart and will not be redshirted. I hope he gets a lot of chances if they are going to burn a year.