Smith Taking Advantage Of Opportunity

Walk-on wide receiver Rodgeriqus Smith has played well the last two weeks and could see more action this Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.–When he made a catch in game two against Mississippi State good for 38 yards most Auburn fans were left wondering just who Rodgeriqus Smith was? After catching two more passes for 21 yards against Ball State on Saturday it's pretty obvious that Tiger fans will get plenty of opportunities to find out more on the walk-on wide receiver from Snellville, Ga.

A 6-0, 173 quality receiver that had several opportunities to play college football before an injury cut his senior season short, Smith could have played football at several smaller schools including Georgia Southern, but instead wanted to join good friend James Swinton at Auburn to live out his dream of playing football in the SEC.

Smith fights for yardage against Ball State.

A year older and wiser after making some waves last fall on the scout team, Smith is getting into the playing rotation more and more for Auburn, something he says is exciting for a redshirt freshman. With his play against Ball State Smith says that he's becoming more confident in his play on offense.

"I'm starting to be real comfortable getting on the field and getting experience," Smith said. "I'm trying to show the coaches what I can do. These are the types of games you can go out and show the coaches what you can really do, so you can get in the big games later.

"My confidence has improved a lot," he added. "Just getting out there in the atmosphere is great. Last week I was a little nervous, but it's sinking in now that I'm getting that experience on the field. That has been good for me."

One of the standouts of two-a-days because of his play at receiver, Smith will have another chance this weekend to show what he can do. That's because starting receiver Courtney Taylor will miss the Western Kentucky game with an ankle sprain and Devin Aromashodu will move into his role as the starter. Smith said that he knows this will be a big game for him with Taylor out of the lineup and the depth thinner at receiver.

"These are the types of games that you've got to show the coaches what you can do so you can get in the games later down the road," Smith said. "I'm looking forward to next week and getting out there trying to make more plays. Maybe if I keep doing good I'll be playing in those games at the end of year.

"When a player goes down somebody else has to step up," he added. "When a player like CT goes down you really have to step up. It's a big loss and hopefully he'll come back next week. But, I'm ready to step up and take that place if my time comes."

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