Reed Looking to Make A Difference On Defense

Auburn's Trovon Reed talks about making the move from wide receiver to cornerback for his senior season.

Auburn, Ala.--A spring training experiment that looks like it has a good chance of becoming a permanent change involves Trovon Reed, who is making the move from wide receiver to cornerback.

Reed and his teammates will be on display this Saturday as Auburn plays its annual A-Day Game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Coach Ellis Johnson says that Reed has made progress, but is still in learning mode. Reed agrees with the defensive coordinator.

"It's a learning process," the senior says. "It's not as easy as I thought, but I have got Coach (Melvin) Smith, one of the best cornerback coaches in the country. He will get me where I need to be."

Reed played a variety of positions in high school, including cornerback, but hasn't lined up on defense since playing cornerback in the U.S. Army All-American Game as a high school senior. After being away from defense so long Reed is still trying to get up to speed at his new position.

"I thought it would be easy to mirror those guys, but when the bullets are flying and everything is moving full speed it gets hard," he says. "But, I am getting comfortable and I am still learning."

The senior says he gets the type of tests he needs from his teammates, a group of guys he knows very well.

"We have some of the best wide receivers in the country," Reed proclaims. "I talk to the cornerbacks every day and I am like if we can stick with those guys, we can stick with anybody. Sammie Coates is one of the best returning players in college football."

Last season as a member of the receivers group 6-0, 188-pound wideout caught nine passes for 98 yards with starts. He has four career starts and has caught 39 passes for 384 yards with one touchdown.

Reed is shown in action at last year's spring football game.

Reed says that he had no problems with making the move to cornerback because he believes it will give him a better chance to play in the NFL, and there is another reason why he likes the move.

"Coming out of high school I always wanted to play offense, but you can't turn down Coach Malzahn's offense as a player so I wanted to play in the offense," he says. "I played in the offense. Now, I had to make a decision for myself and what is best for the team, too, so I wanted to go out and help those guys at cornerback."

Trovon Reed

Depth at cornerback was a concern last year. It has a chance to be better for the 2014 season and Reed is one of the reasons why.

Johnson notes that it looks like Reed will be a good addition to the secondary. "I think he is at home, I think it is a very natural position for him," the coach says.

"He is still learning a lot of the nuances that you have got to be able to do to play corner," Johnson points out. "He will get beat on a back shoulder fade occasionally because he will get on top of a receiver, and some of the little technical aspects he will begin to polish up.

"He is very aggressive, a good tackler and has played press man technique pretty well," Johnson adds. "Some of the things you hope they will do naturally, he has done pretty well."

The defensive coordinator adds that Reed can practice on his coverage skills during the team's voluntary summer workouts.

Reed is hoping the move will be a win for him personally as well as the team. "Time is running out," he says about his college playing days. "I have got to do something now. I have waited my whole time here. I have got no more time to wait. I have got to go get it."

The senior notes that he is excited about taking the field as a cornerback for Saturday's A-Day Game. "You just get the chills thinking about it," he says. "If I can make some big plays out there in Jordan-Hare it will be fun."

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