Big-Play Receiver Ready for Big Season

Junior Courtney Taylor comments on his preparations for the 2005 football season.

Auburn, Ala.--Courtney Taylor is expected to be one of the top offensive players on the 2005 Auburn football team as well as one of the top receivers in the Southeastern Conference.

After missing nearly a week's worth of practices with a groin pull, the junior from Carrollton High School was back on the practice field on Monday running routes and participating in contact drills.

"It is feeling pretty good," he says. "It is still a little sore and I am getting fatigued a little faster being a bit out of football shape after missing practices," Taylor tells Inside the Tigers.

Known as a hard worker in the offseason, Taylor arrived for August practices in excellent shape and he looked like he would have no problem holding on to his first string spot. However, an injury on a practice play put him on the sidelines.

"It was on a basic comeback route," he says. "I slipped. It has always been a nagging injury. I think I have got it taken care of now with the treatment."

Taylor caught 43 passes for a team-leading 737 yards as a junior. Known as a player who steps up in the big games, "CT" had 111 receiving yards in Auburn's victory over Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game.

He is expected to be a big part of a rebuilt offense featuring sophomore Brandon Cox at quarterback and a new group of running backs.

"I see a lot of progress with our offense," Taylor says. "We are still nowhere near where we want to be, but we are going to keep working. Everything is going to pan out for us. We have the athletes and the coaches to be successful."

Taylor has been able to closely watch Auburn's new number one quarterback, who has been throwing the football well while the receiver has been on the mend. The redshirt junior says he is impressed.

"It is great to know Brandon is on top of his game," Taylor says. "It is great to know he is going to be there for us and we have got to help him out any way that we can."

Taylor scored six touchdowns during an impressive sophomore season.

The wide receiver group as a whole is expected to provide Cox with plenty of help. It is considered one of the team strengths, a point that Taylor will not disagree with, he says. "I think we are playing great. We have three seniors and I am kind of like a senior because I came in with this same group of recruits.

"The seniors are playing exceptionally well," he adds. "Devin (Devin Aromashodu) is having a great fall camp. He came out ready to play and so did Ben (Ben Obomanu) and Mix (Anthony Mix). All of us are doing whatever we can to make Brandon better."

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