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Will 3rd Time Be the Charm For Auburn Football Receiver?

Stanton Truitt is a wide receiver who could play a bigger role for the Tigers as a redshirt sophomore.

Auburn, Ala.--Back for his third season as an Auburn football player, Stanton Truitt is hoping 2016 will be different in a positive way.

An early high school graduate who joined Gus Malzahn’s team in January 2014, he has shown promise, but shoulder injuries have limited his production.

In 2014 he played in two early season games, but a shoulder injury forced him off the field and he received a medical hardship redshirt.

In 2015 the receiver played in six games with two starts, but a shoulder injury in the Arkansas game ended his season.

This preseason he has moved up the depth chart to the No. 1 spot at slot receiver and has won praise from his teammates and coaches.

Asked if he believes this is going to be his breakout season, the former high school quarterback from Monroe, Ga., said, “I really do. Just staying healthy was always the biggest thing for me.

“That has been my main focus ever since the Arkansas game, just staying healthy. I know everything else will take care of itself.

“Marcus (Davis) and those guys have always helped me through anything that I?needed,” he said. “I think it is time for me to just help those guys and let them have a great senior year.”

Truitt said his third collegiate preseason camp has been his best. “It most definitely has been. Just learning how to take care of my body, making sure I do the things I have to do before practice, after practice and off days, just doing everything I can do to stay healthy. That is my main focus throughout the year.”

At 5-9, 185 pounds Truitt relies on his quickness and agility to be successful. As a high school senior he was a major running threat, averaging 12.2 yards per carry.

Truitt said the wide receivers, as a group, have spent a lot of time together this summer with the older players trying to help the younger players.

Asked in what ways he has improved as a receiver, Truitt said, “Learning the offense and having things slow down for me. Being able to play not too jittery, being able to read the defense and just playing to my best ability.”

Truitt and the Tigers will wrap up the “camp” portion of preseason drills on Monday. They will be off on Tuesday, the first day of the fall semester, and after that will be juggling their academic and football responsibilities as they prepare for their Sept. 3rd season opener vs Clemson.

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