Senior Expected to Be Key Part of 2005 Offense

One of the standouts in Saturday's Auburn football scrimmage comments his final season with the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--With the 2005 Auburn offense searching for a new identity after losing key members of the 2004 team to the NFL, one player who has stepped up and shown he can be a play-maker is senior wideout Devin Aromashodu.

"He worked hard all through the summer in the meeting rooms, concentrating and studying tape, and then out on the field," says Auburn wide receivers coach Greg Knox. "He's really upped his game and it is starting to pay off for him. He is catching a lot of balls and making some big-time plays for us."

The physically-impressive Aromashodu, who stands six-foot-two and weighs a bit over 200 pounds, pulled in three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's scrimmage. The senior says the scrimmage situations are important to a team's development.

"It's just a chance to get out and let you know what it is going to be like in a game-like situation and to get the tempo down," he says. "You just make sure things are together with the quarterback and the offense as far as clicking."

With the offense driving deep into the defensive territory on the opening series of the scrimmage, quarterback Brandon Cox found Aromashodu open in the flats and the senior made several nice moves, followed a block and found the end zone on an 18-yard play.

Later in the scrimmage Aromashodu showed soft hands in making a tough diving catch in traffic on a crossing route. He was the leading receiver in the scrimmage with three catches for 46 yards.

"I've been working during the summer just trying to improve my hands as much as I can," he says. "That is the key to playing receiver--being able to catch the ball and that is what I'm trying to do. I've been using the juggs machines and having people throw to me and having badly thrown balls and just trying to improve my catching."

While junior receiver Courtney Taylor rehabs from a groin injury, it has given the other veteran wideouts like Aromashodu, Ben Obomanu and Anthony Mix to get more balls thrown their way.

After slumping as a sophomore, Aromashodu bounced back with a strong junior season. Mix caught two passes for 44 yards, including an impressive 33-yard catch and run on a pass from Cox.

Aromashodu has been making good catches on a daily basis in practice so the fact that he led the Tigers in receiving in scrimmage two is no surprise.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville says based on what he has seen this preseason that the wide receiver group, with Aromashodu helping lead the way, has a chance to be one of the team's strengths this season.

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