Blake Looking to Lead the Tigers

Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake talks about the loss to Georgia, being a leader and spreading the ball around on offense.

Auburn, Ala.—There is no question that when the Auburn Tigers throw the football down the field that number 80 Emory Blake is going to be one of the primary targets, and for good reason. This season Blake has caught 30 passes for 505 yards and five touchdowns despite missing two full games and being less than full speed in two others.

In addition to the offensive line struggling to give the quarterbacks enough time to throw the ball, Auburn's lack of a consistent second and third wide receiver threat has hampered the offense. Coach Gene Chizik said one of the goals this week is to try to get more players involved in the passing game such as Trovon Reed and Quan Bray. That's something that could be a big help to Blake and the passing game in general, but Blake said if it doesn't happen he's prepared to do his part no matter how many catches that takes.

"I like it when the ball comes my way," the junior said. "But, I think with the ball being spread around more, it could help. I'm not sure. But I'm never going to say I don't want the ball to come my way, go somewhere else with it. That's not my nature.

Blake and the Auburn offense got off to a strong start on Saturday against Georgia with a touchdown drive on their opening possession. He had a big part in the series with a 45-yard catch down the middle to put the Tigers in scoring position. Much like the LSU loss the Tigers saw a close game get away from them in a hurry in the second quarter and Blake said that caught some players by surprise.

"It was tough," he said. "I felt like that first drive that we were going to put up a lot of points that game. I think a lot of my teammates had that same feeling. Just coming out, a couple turnovers and a couple penalties really got us down, I think. We needed to keep believing and I think a couple guys shut it down. It's just an experience we have to learn from and hopefully get better for the future. I mean, you know, just kind of losing hope a little bit. When you have a couple turnovers in crucial moments or somebody doesn't make a specific play then it kind of lets you down a little bit, but as leaders we have to be better at picking people up and stuff."

Auburn has turned its attention to this weekend's homecoming game against the Samford Bulldogs. With pride at stake the rest of the season and a chance to improve in the bowl pecking order, Blake said it's time to step up and play football.

"It's not hard," Blake said. "Football is a game that you've got to forget because mistakes happen and losses happen. You just have to move on."

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