Veteran AU Player Sees Offensive Progress

Auburn senior Emory Blake discusses Saturday's practice and the AU offense and special teams.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior wide receiver Emory Blake said he is seeing signs of improvement with the offense as his Auburn team worked out at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday two weeks in advance of its season opener.

"I feel like we've come a long way since beginning training camp," Blake said. "There's still a lot of work to be done, but as far as learning the offense and installing, it's not as much installing as it is polishing up for the Clemson game."

Coach Gene Chizik billed the Saturday practice as a scrimmage, but insead it was a dress rehearsal for playing a game with not a lot of full speed action or contact.

Getting improved play from the receivers is one of the biggest points of emphasis of the preseason as is finding a starting quarterback. On Saturday the head coach continued to say that he is not ready to name a starter because there is not enough separation to make the call.

Blake, who avoided saying whether he was more comfortable with sophomore Kiehl Frazier or junior Clint Moseley directing the offense at QB, said he believes both players have made progress this month.

"At the end of the camp I'm sure they're tired, but they've came a long way," he said. "You can tell that they've grown in their confidence in the offense and making play calls, picking up different blitz pickups and stuff like that."

Blake has won praise from his teammates as being one of the leaders on the 2012 football team. An example of that has been tutoring freshman wide receiver Ricardo Louis and helping him with the adjustment to college football.

"Just getting lined up to his routes, how to release on a certain play, on a certain route, all of that stuff becomes very confusing to a young guy," Blake pointed out. "Me in his (Louis) ear all the time kind of helps him out. Small reminders here and there, pointers here and there just helps him out. That's what I'm here to do."

Blake predicted that new coordinator Scot Loeffler's offense will provide playing time for a lot of players at receiver this year.

During his three previous seasons with the Tigers, Blake has been a standout performer on special teams, something he says he takes pride in as a football player. This year the wide receiver is working on the punt coverage squad.

Part of Saturday's practice at the stadium focused on special teams play. Blake predicts another good year for that area of the team, which is coordinated by Jay Boulware.

"Coach Boulware is a great special teams coach and he's going to make sure we cover everything," Blake said. "Special teams is a very important part of what we do here."

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