Borges' Offense Exciting To Tiger Wide Receiver

An Auburn wideout gives his opinion on the Tigers' new offensive system.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore Courtney Taylor, the Auburn football team's leading returning receiver from 2003, has high expectations for the offense in 2004 under first-year offensive coordinator Al Borges.

"I'm loving it, I'm loving it," he says. "I'm getting the ball. I really think we (the receivers) are going to have a chance to make some plays, just from going through the practices.

"If you come out here and watch, you can see that we've got a chance to make big plays every play. I think it shows that we have a lot of opportunities. Jason (Campbell) and Brandon (Cox) are doing great with the new offense. They have to, and they're picking up things better than anyone else, and they're coming along real good."

Taylor was a quarterback at Carrollton High School and redshirted in 2002 after converting to receiver. Last year as a redshirt freshman, he started five games and finished second on the team in receptions with 34 for 379 yards. His biggest game of the season came against Alabama when he caught seven balls for 83 yards, including his season-longest reception of 39 yards.

Courtney Taylor (86) chases a pass in the 2004 spring football game.

After a lot of hard work during the offseason, Taylor is arguably the best route runner and ball catcher on the team. "I've been working on routes and catching as much as possible," Taylor says. "Me and my roommate Devin (Aromashodu), we just went up to the complex all the time, got on the jug machines and caught the ball all day."

So far this preseason, Taylor has been running with the first-team offense. With Jeris McIntyre and Justin Fetsko the only wide receivers not returning from the 2003 team, the position should be improved this season.

If Borges' West Coast Offense works in the Southeastern Conference this year, Taylor could be poised to put up big numbers. "My personal goal right now is to win, foremost, and help this team out any way I can," Taylor says. "I'm trying to make All-SEC. I'm trying to do whatever I can to reach my personal goals, but first of all is winning."

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