Young Football Player Looking For Playing Time

A redshirt freshman football player is making progress in practice, his position coach says.

Auburn, Ala.--Maurice Anderson, a 6-3, 201-pound redshirt freshman receiver, has made significant strides since spring training in search of playing time for the 2004 football season.

"Maurice is doing a lot better," says Auburn wide receivers coach Greg Knox. "He used the summer to really improve. He came to camp with a good attitude and he's working hard and getting better."

Anderson played quarterback, cornerback, free safety and was a kick/punt returner at Baker High School in Semmes, Ala., where he graduated in 2002. After fracturing his ankle during his senior year, Anderson attended prep school Valley Forge Military Academy in Virginia. In the summer of 2003, he was invited to walk on at Auburn and competed on the scout team last fall as a redshirt.

"Things are looking good so far this preseason," Anderson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I still have a lot to learn. I'm learning technique from the older guys and Coach Knox."

Anderson, who wore 82 in the spring, is shown in action during the 2004 A-Day Game. The redshirt freshman is now wearing No. 30.

While redshirting, Anderson spent a lot of time learning the receiver position. Although he says that he still has a lot of learning to do, he may be able to contribute this year.

"He has a chance to get into the playing rotation," Knox says. "Right now he's playing in the backup role and he's helping us out on special teams. As long as he continues getting better at his routes and knowledge of playing receiver, he'll continue to get better as a player."

At six-foot-three, Anderson is the second tallest wide receiver on the team behind Anthony Mix. He has good speed and solid hands. "Maurice has a good frame," Knox notes. "He catches the ball really well with his hands. He's still working on his route knowledge and knowledge of the position."

Anderson uses his good size to help get open and has shown solid hands in practice this preseason. It won't be a major surprise if the walk-on gets on the field opening day vs. Louisiana-Monroe. "I'm not going to make any predictions about playing time," Anderson says. "I just have to continue to learn and be patient. God has a plan for everybody."

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