Aromashodu Stepping Up as a Senior

Auburn wide receiver Devin Aromashodu is having a productive season for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--In Auburn's 34-17 victory over Arkansas, Devin Aromashodu joined his teammates Ben Obomanu and Courtney Taylor as members of AU's 1,000-yard career receiving club.

Aromashodu, who had six catches for 98 yards, became the 17th player in school history to go past the 1,000-yard mark. He has 59 career catches for 1,066 yards and eight touchdowns.

Against the Razorbacks, his six receptions were a personal high and his 98 yards were four shy of his record total set last year vs. Arkansas when he caught four passes with one going for a score on a flea-flicker toss from Jason Campbell.

His latest touchdown was a more conventional one that put the Tigers ahead 13-10 on their first possession in the second half. The Tigers never trailed again after that play and pulled away from the home team the rest of the night.

"We are real pleased that even though we started rather slow we came back in the second half and put it to them," Aromashodu says.

His touchdown last Saturday night was a flawlessly executed play. "It was a post-corner route," the senior recalls. "I just broke in and straightened him back up. He bit a little bit on the inside fake and Brandon Cox just put it right there."

Aromashodu caught the ball on the numbers that Cox sent airborne just as the big receiver was finishing his fake. "I knew the play was going to work," Aromashodu says with a smile. "We had Ben or Courtney in motion so we knew it was going to be man coverage on the play."

With no double team to beat, Aromashodu whipped the defender, much as he did when he was called on to block. Tommy Tuberville singled out the senior and other receivers for the job they did helping the running attack produce a season-high 233 yards.

"Coach puts a lot of emphasis on blocking," the wideout notes. "I think we did a pretty good job of that against Arkansas."

Devin Aromashodu has 25 career starts and has played in 44 Auburn football games.

Aromashodu says there was no major concern on the Auburn sideline even though the Tigers got off to a slow start against the Razorbacks, who played inspired football in the first half to take a 10-6 lead at intermission.

"We stayed calm because Coach (Al) Borges told us to recover," Aromashodu says of the offensive coordinator. "He tells us that we are going to have tough times. He said it could happen against Arkansas with Brandon Cox playing his first away game. We knew that we just had to come out in the second half and just play our kind of football and we would be okay."

The next challenge is a Saturday night road game at LSU. Auburn will be trying to win its sixth straight game and improve to 4-0 in the SEC vs. the seventh-ranked home team, which is 3-1 in the league.

"I am looking forward to this LSU game a lot and continuing what we started about five weeks ago," Aromashodu says.

In addition to a personal high in receptions, Aromashodu just missed scoring again when his kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was called back by a penalty on a hold that was behind the play. "It was my first one since I have been here, but I will get some more opportunities so I am not worried about it," the senior receiver says.

Aromashodu and the Tigers, who had the day off on Monday, return to the practice field on Tuesday to continue preparations for Saturday's game at LSU. Kickoff time is 6:45 p.m. Central and it will be televised by ESPN.

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