AU Receiver Sees Promise for New QB

Courtney Taylor discusses Auburn's loss to Georgia Tech and the play of quarterback Brandon Cox.

Auburn, Ala.--Courtney Taylor says he isn't pointing any fingers at quarterback Brandon Cox as the reason the Tigers lost their 2005 home opener vs. Georgia Tech.

Although Cox passed for more yards than any quarterback in school history making his first college start, the 342 yards on 22-44 passing was not enough for the Tigers, who fell 23-14 to the Yellow Jackets.

Four interceptions and a lost fumble by the sophomore QB hurt the Auburn effort, but Taylor says the turnovers were a group effort.

"You can't blame Brandon for all of the turnovers," Taylor says. "None of them were entirely his fault, it was the whole offense.

"Brandon played his butt off for us and honestly I feel like he gained more leadership while watching him play," Taylor says.

On the plus side, Cox threw touchdown passes to seniors Ben Obomanu and Courtney Taylor. He also threw another one to Taylor, but it was called back due to a holding penalty.

"Sometimes things happen like that," Taylor says. "We should have scored. We just have to move on."

Next up for the Tigers is an 11:30 a.m. contest on Saturday vs. Mississippi State in the SEC opener. The Bulldogs cruised to a game one victory over Division I-AA Murray State.

The Tigers, who normally practice on Sunday, didn't get out of the stadium until the early morning hours on Sunday after losing to the Yellow Jackets. They will get the day off and return to practice on Labor Day.

Taylor says he is disappointed the Tigers saw their 15-game winning streak ended on opening night. "We hadn't lost in a long time and it is very disappointing," he says. "You have got to recover. You have got to get ready for next week."

Despite the receivers having good games vs. Tech, Taylor says the group isn't satisfied. "There were a lot of opportunities and for the most part we took advantage of our opportunities, but it isn't enough. We have got to do more."


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