Taylor's Hustle Rewarded Against Bulldogs

Junior wide receiver Courtney Taylor talks about his hustle play against Georgia and the Iron Bowl.

Auburn, Ala.—-Courtney Taylor made the play of the game in Auburn's 31-30 win over Georgia Saturday night when he recovered Devin Aromashodu's fumble in the endzone late in the victory. The recovery preserved possession for the Tigers and set the stage for John Vaughn's game winning kick.

A hustle play on Taylor's part, he trailed Aromashodu down the field looking to help his teammate out. He also had another motive for hustling down the field and it wound up being a huge play for the Tigers.

"You don't really have an idea of what's going to go on," Taylor says. "I was running hard just to jump on him at the end. That was my whole thing. I was like ‘I'm going to jump on top of his head at the end'. That happened and I was just hustling behind the play like we're taught to do."

"All of us try to see each other do good and score," Taylor says. "I was hoping he would have slowed down and went behind me so I could get the guy. He would have walked in, but he said he didn't see me. I was yelling his name ‘slow down, hold up'. I didn't want to try to outrun him and trip him up. You're always trying to spring and get your teammate in the endzone."

Taylor shows his hustle on special teams as well, making the tackle against Georgia on this punt.

Hustle plays like the one made by Taylor against Georgia have become the norm for the Auburn receivers in the last two seasons. Credit has to be given to receivers coach Greg Knox for that and Taylor says the motivation turned into a habit.

"We were bad on that our freshmen and sophomore years," Taylor says. "Coach Knox has you running around enough. He used to punish us for that. It's just a habit now. It's just something you do, you spring your other guy to score."

This week Taylor gets to face what amounts to his hometown team Alabama. From nearby Carrollton, just outside of Tuscaloosa, he says this game means a great deal to him for family pride if nothing else.

"That's our main focus right now," Taylor says. "They're a good team, a real good team. We're going to have our hands full.

"This is big-time," he adds. "I've got a lot of family that are big Alabama fans. They tell me ‘we'll pull for you, but we won't pull for Auburn'. That's fine. It's a family thing, bragging rights."

For now the Tigers are riding high after yet another win over a Top 10 team. They'll get another chance this weekend face a one-loss Alabama team. Taylor says that there's no more talk about Georgia with this team with the Crimson Tide looming down the road.

"That game is over," Taylor says. "We enjoyed that last night (Saturday). It's over with. We know what we have ahead of us. We've got one of the best teams in the conference. They've let one slip away and they're going to come out hungry when they come to Jordan-Hare."

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