Wide Receiver Looking For Productive Finish

Courtney Taylor comments on spring football practice as the Tigers head into their final week of workouts.

Auburn, Ala.--The leading receiver in Auburn's A-Day football game says to look for the offense to bounce back this week in the final scrimmage of spring training,

Courtney Taylor, who caught four passes for 68 yards and gave secondary coach David Gibbs a reason to lecture the defensive backs, predicts that the offense will be more productive in Wednesday's planned half-scrimmage than the offense was at the spring game.

Gibbs said on Saturday that the 6-2, 204 Taylor made defensive backs look like kids trying to tackle the physical wide receiver after he caught passes.

Although the offense, particularly the first group, moved the football well at times during the A-Day game, there were no touchdowns in the shortened contest that had 12 minute quarters and a running clock for the final half of the fourth quarter.

The first offense cashed in three field goal opportunities on kicks by John Vaughn for the only points of the day. Vaughn missed a field goal while kicking for the White team, which featured the second offense.

"We couldn't really show everything in the A-Day game," Taylor says. "We pretty much ran the base stuff. Come Wednesday, we are going to let everything hang out. I will guarantee you there will be more points put up."

Courtney Taylor runs with the football in a spring practice drill.

The spring game was the 13th of 15 spring practices that college football teams are allowed. The Tigers are scheduled to hit the practice field on Tuesday and then scrimmage on Wednesday.

"Basically, we are working on our consistency," Taylor says of the Auburn offense. "We can move the ball pretty well right now. The big thing for us is to finish."

The junior wide receiver's assessment is very much like the assessment of offensive coordinator Al Borges, who said after the A-Day game that the Tigers need to get better at punching the ball over the goal line. Taylor will be one of the players that Borges will count on this season to make touchdowns and other big plays.

The wideout was impressive last season and has continued his high level of performance in the spring. "It has been going pretty well," Taylor says of spring training. "I feel like I have been doing all right.

"Coach Knox (wide receiver coach Greg Knox) stays on me a lot," Taylor adds. "There is always room for improvement. I have got a lot of things I need to do better. I have a lot of work to do, especially in the offseason, so I am looking forward to getting better."


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