Aromashodu Looking For A Chance

Sophomore Devin Aromashodu talks about his lack of production at receiver and getting a chance to return kickoffs.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the biggest enigmas for the Auburn Tigers this season has been the lack of a downfield passing game. With the components in place to be successful throwing long, the offense has been unable to generate many successful deep passes.

One of the players who looked to be the answer to that problem is sophomore Devin Aromashodu, but he hasn't played enough this season to big much of a difference-maker for the Tigers..

After catching 18 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown as a true freshman last season, Aromashodu has been the invisible man this year as Auburn struggles to make plays throwing the ball. Talented and the biggest deep threat for the Tigers, he says that he hopes this weekend is the breakout game he's been looking for after totaling just three catches for 22 yards in the first 11 games of the season.

"Hopefully, I'll just get a shot," Aromashodu says. "If the coaches put me in hopefully I can stretch the defense some and give it a shot. I'm kind of frustrated, but you have to keep plugging away until you get the chance."

Aromashodu is shown in action last season as a freshman.

Aromashodu has been given a chance to use his talent as a kickoff returner when he replaced Tre Smith for the Ole Miss game and has been solid since then. In 11 returns this season, Aromashodu is averaging 20.4 yards per return and had Auburn's longest kickoff return in two seasons with a 45-yarder against Georgia last weekend. Aromashodu says he was just happy to get an opportunity to show what he can do.

"It was exciting," he notes. "Coach (Eddie Gran) talked about how we were going to have a chance to return one. He put together a great scheme and I just hit the first opening. I was just waiting for the opportunity to get the chance to do it."

Aromashodu and his teammates have turned their attention towards Alabama and the annual Iron Bowl, a game that usually takes center stage over everything in the state when it takes place. That might be the case this season as well, but it won't be because of the stakes. This season it will be all about pride and Aromashodu says that alone won't be enough to save this season for him.

"It's a different feeling around here for this game," Aromashodu says. "We had such high expectations for this season and they kind of fell through. We have to win this game for the seniors and ourselves, but I don't think a win would salvage the season because of what we were capable of doing. It would be a big win because it's Alabama, it's an SEC game and it's the last game of the season. I don't think anything could salvage this season though because of what we're capable of doing as a team."

The game could also be a big one with rumors swirling that coaching changes could be on the horizon for the Tigers. While that is taking the talk of this game by storm, Aromashodu says that players have to block that out and focus on the game this weekend and let everything play out in the end.

"I just put that out of my mind and play football," Aromashodu says. "That will take care of itself and it's not my job to be worrying about that. I'm just here to play."

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