Mix Looking to Play A Lot More Football

Auburn senior receiver Anthony Mix has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl next month in Mobile.

Orlando, Fla.--For senior wide receiver Anthony Mix the 2005 season has been a breakout in several areas. Growing as a player on the field and a person off the field, the transformation has made him a better receiver and he has responded by having a solid season for the Auburn Tigers.

With his 21 catches for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Mix has moved to within just one yard of becoming the fourth player on the current roster to total 1,000 receiving yards in a career. Already junior Courtney Taylor as well as seniors Devin Aromashodu and Ben Obomanu have already achieved the feat.

The special thing for the foursome is that they all came in together forming what was has become the greatest receiving corps in Auburn history. Now three of the four are preparing for their last game in an Auburn uniform, which means their shot at the NFL is that much closer to being fruition.

"It's been a long haul," Mix says. "We think about it a lot now. It doesn't seem like it should be here, but it's getting pretty close. Everybody is anticipating and waiting on that day when we'll have our chance and our next shot. I'm ready for it."

Mix has the size and speed to be a weapon on the next level.

Monday's game against Wisconsin won't be Mix's last collegiate game though as he's scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile later in January. Growing up and playing high school football in nearby Baldwin County, Mix says getting a chance to play in the game is a dream come true.

"I'm going to the Senior Bowl," Mix says. "I'm very excited because I'm from that area. I grew up watching it and watching the guys play in it. Now that I'm actually in it, that's a blessing especially from my small area. It doesn't happen that often. I'm just blessed and excited to be playing in the game.

"I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to show them some of the things I can do," Mix adds. "But, I'm not just going there to show them things, I'm going there to learn. I can learn from the best coaches in the NFL and then show them my potential. I think I have great potential."

Following that experience Mix and several teammates will begin preparing for the NFL Combine held every spring at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Holy Grail of invitations for a collegiate senior, Mix says having the chance to show out in front of every NFL team at the combine is yet another feather in his cap this season.

"Me and Devin (Aromashodu) and Ben (Obomanu) have talked about it and we're all excited," Mix says. "It's huge because everybody doesn't get invited to the combine. Like I have said, I have been blessed. I'm just excited about everything that is happening to me right now and hopefully it will only get better."

Mix and his teammates are hoping to build onto the reputation that Auburn has regained in the NFL in recent seasons. With four first-round draft choices last season, including top-five picks for Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams, Auburn players have done well after strong showings at the combine and Mix hopes that he and his teammates continue that trend and set the stage for future Tigers down the road.

"We talk about that all the time because they did well last season in the combine," Mix says. "Auburn hadn't been doing too well in the draft up until that point except for Karlos Dansby, but now it looks like it's becoming a tradition. We just want to follow those guys because they are role models. Hopefully the guys coming up will follow us."


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