A Big Day For Prechae

Comments from wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez are featured after he had his best day as an Auburn Tiger.

Auburn, Ala.--Prechae Rodriguez scored his first two touchdowns as an Auburn Tiger and led the team in receiving yardage for the second consecutive week.

"I'm most definitely going to call my mom and my family and let them know how I did," the sophomore said following Auburn's 49-27 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. "They're going to be real excited."

With Auburn leading 14-10 in the second quarter quarterback Brandon Cox tossed up a pass for Rodriguez on a go route inside the Kentucky five-yard. There was contact between the AU receiver and Wildcat defensive back, but Rodriguez came down with the ball and fought his way into the end zone for touchdown.

The referee threw his bean bag and hat at the spot of contact but ruled the Rodriguez was bumped out of bounds and the touchdown stood.

"I didn't know the DB had pushed me out of bounds," he said. "I was just trying to fight for separation and I saw the ball in the air, caught it and got into the end zone. They said I was out of bounds but I was forced out, obviously. I didn't know I was pushed out but I caught the ball and made the play."

Prechae Rodriguez scores his second touchdown.

On Auburn's next drive offensive coordinator Al Borges tried to get Rodriguez back into the end zone on a reverse play but he was stuffed at the two-yard line. Kenny Irons finished the drive the next play with his third score of the game to make the score 28-10.

Kentucky cut the Auburn lead to 35-17 in the third quarter before Rodriguez was able to find the end zone on the ground on another reverse play.

"I saw an opening and took it," he said. "On one of them I almost got in and on the second opportunity there was nothing but grass and that was the end zone. I took it and it was a touchdown."

Saturday's performance marked the first two touchdowns of his career at Auburn after transferring from Coffeyville Community College this summer, and the 6-4 192-pound wideout believes he's just starting to hit his stride in the Auburn system.

"I've got a lot of years to go and I'm just starting to peak out," Rodriguez said. "As the games go on I feel more comfortable with this offense and just practicing with these coaches... These coaches are great coaches and they stress a lot of stuff, mainly fundamental things. I've taken it to heart and concentrated on that."

Rodriguez caught three passes for 79 yards Saturday and has started to prove to himself and the coaches that he is plenty capable of contributing as the fifth receiver in the offense. He now has six catches for 134 yards in the last two games and 12 for 236 this season.

"I had an idea that I was going to play a lot this game and couple of other receivers would play more this game," he said. "I knew that, and I took advantage of the opportunity and showed the coaches that I could play and when it comes to these big games with Georgia and Alabama coming up, and I can perform. They know I'm going to give my best out there on the field."

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