Denson And Offense Excited For A-Day

Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson talks about his improvement this spring and the excitement of getting ready for Saturday's A-Day game.

Auburn, Ala.—One of the biggest questions for the Auburn football Tigers this spring has been finding a quarterback to step up and be the consistent leader that head coach Gus Malzahn, coordinator Rhett Lashlee and the players on offense are hoping to find.

With Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier locked in a battle be at the top of the depth chart heading into the summer, the receivers the quarterbacks will target are becoming apparent this spring.

Leading the charge at wide receiver is junior Jaylon Denson. A player with just one career reception in two seasons with the Tigers, the 6-3, 216 Denson has been solid this spring playing both inside and outside for the Tigers and his new position coach, Dameyune Craig. Working hard to be a go-to guy for the offense this fall, Denson says right now he's just taking everything one day at a time.

"I'm still working towards that," he says. "I'm still working hard, just as hard as the next man, to be that starting guy, but I think we'll see, A-Day, and then summer, and then going into the fall. I think we'll see how that plays out."

One of just six returning receivers for the Tigers this spring, Denson says that it was time for him to make his move and he was determined to let it all hang out this spring.

"Being so young, last couple years, I was really just waiting my turn, my time," Denson says. "Now is my time to show what I can do.

"I really just feel like the older guys were gone, and it was just our time to step up and do what we had to do. There wasn't any way around it. They're gone so we've got to step up. Like I said before, it's our time. It's our turn."

Along with Denson, the Tigers have juniors Trovon Reed and Quan Bray along with sophomores Sammie Coates, Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray at the position this spring. With such little depth it has allowed the group to get plenty of practice time as the offense tries to find its rhythm in the allotted 15 practice days.

Jaylon Denson will be a junior this fall.

Denson says right now he feels good about the progress under Lashlee's direction this spring. "I feel like we've come a long way," he says. "There are still some things that we have got to critique and get better at. It is a new offense. We're still trying to adjust from the old offense to this offense so I think after A-Day, and over the summer, we should have it down."

This Saturday in the annual A-Day Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Denson and the Tigers will have a chance to show just how much improvement the offense has made since finishing a disastrous 2012 season in Tuscaloosa. Expected to perform in a front of a very large A-Day crowd that will be on hand to see Malzahn's first team on the field, Denson adds that this team is excited to put on a show Saturday.

"Everybody's looking forward to what we're going to do," Denson says. "It's a new offense, new coaches. Young players being able to step up and show what they can do so I think there are going to be a lot of people out there and we're not going to disappoint."

The A-Day Game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. CDT and it will be televised regionally on CSS.


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