Not Yet The Right Mix

Auburn wide receiver Anthony Mix is far from satisfied for a variety of reasons.

Auburn, Ala.--Despite a move to the more familiar position of wide receiver from tight end earlier this season and being third on the Auburn football team with 16 receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown, sophomore Anthony Mix says that he has a lot of work to do to be able to play at the level he expects of himself.

The six-foot-five, 230-pounder can be difficult to match up with at the wide receiver position. However, Mix notes that he has a multitude of issues to improve on to help take full advantage of his size.

"Number one, I want to be more physical," Mix explains. "I think I can be more physical than I am right now. Then just running my routes. My routes are not up to par right now. I have a lot to work on in my route running and on assignments I make a lot of mistakes so I have a lot to work on, probably the total package. It it is not just one thing."

Anthony Mix is Auburn's tallest receiver.

Despite leading Auburn in catches and yardage with five receptions for 54 yards and one TD against LSU, the sophomore receiver says that things sometimes appear better than they really are.

"As an individual I did not play well at all," Mix notes. "It probably looked good to the fans, but on film and grade-wise I didn't do well at all. It was probably my worst game all year so I have a lot to work on as an individual and to help the team."

Mix was also the leader in receptions for the Tigers earlier in the season against the overmatched Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. In that contest he caught five passes for 40 yards in a game in which the Tigers basically had free reign offensively against the defending I-AA national champions.

Mix has caught all of his 16 passes since his move to wide receiver following the Tigers' less than stellar performances against USC and Georgia Tech. The sophomore has also caught at least one pass in every game since Georgia Tech game except against Mississippi State.

Mix sees another area about himself that he will certainly have to improve if he is going to play up to his potential. "I have a tendency to take some plays off so I guess other teams see that," the receiver says. "But like I said, I need to work on a lot of things."

In discussing the beating the Tigers suffered at the hands of LSU last Saturday night in Baton Rouge, the young receiver displayed the same attitude that much of this Tiger team has shown this week. "Like any other loss, a loss will make you want to work harder the next week to improve," Mix explains." "And as a team we didn't play well at all so it is making us want to work harder to improve on all the mistakes we made in last week's game and get ready for this week and the rest of the SEC season."

Mix says that Auburn is going to try and get some solid work in on the passing game this week vs. Louisiana-Monroe, with an eye toward taking some of the pressure off of the rushing attack. Especially with the Tigers still having three tough SEC games remaining and the Western Division championship hanging in the balance.

"We will try and improve in the passing game," he says. "We have talked about it and, you know, we really depend on the run and when the run is not working for us we really can't go to the pass because we are not used to passing the ball as much. But this game we will really try to pick it up a little bit passing the ball because after this we have a lot of tough SEC opponents. And they know we are going to run the ball and, the receivers and the quarterbacks, we have to be able to make plays to pull the safeties out of the box some on the run."

As far as the sophomore wide receiver is concerned the SEC Championship is still within reach. "We can still get it," Mix says. "Right now we are not controlling our own destiny, but we still have confidence that we can get it. And we are just going to go out each week and let everything take care of itself. We just have to go out and play and win the remaining games and let everything fall in place."


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