Wide Receiver Ready To Step Up For Tigers

Auburn signee Tim Hawthorne talks about his spring and getting ready for life in the SEC next fall.

Homewood, Ala.--Auburn signee Tim Hawthorne has been a busy man since signing with the Tigers back in February. One of the most highly-recruiting wide receivers in the South last season, Hawthorne spent his spring running track for Homewood and unfortunately had to cut his season short because of an injury.

Getting close to the time when he reports for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game in Mobile, Hawthorne says that he's busy getting ready in the weight room for not only that but for when he reports to Auburn this summer.

"I just finished my track season," Hawthorne tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm pretty much where I need to be size-wise because I know I'm going to be putting on a lot of muscle when I get down there. Right now I'm 6-3, 200. That's a pretty good weight for me.

"My thing is that I'm battling a hamstring pull," he adds. "I've been battling that for about a month now. I tweaked it about a week ago and couldn't compete in the state meet. I have been rehabbing that and just getting stronger. Hopefully I'll be in good shape when I report for the all-star game. I report for a mini-camp this Sunday and report for the game May 29."

One of the top receivers in Alabama High School history, Hawthorne is physically able to play as a freshman for the Tigers.

Following the all-star game Hawthorne says he plans to join his new teammates on the Auburn campus as soon as possible for summer workouts. Playing a position that Auburn is looking for immediate help at, the physical Hawthorne says that he knows this summer will be important for him if he wants to play right away.

"This summer is definitely important for me because that is one of the main reasons I signed with Auburn," Hawthorne says. "I knew I would have a chance right away at the wide receiver position. That makes it harder because of all the high expectations that come with that and this wide receiver class. For an incoming freshman like me it's going to put a lot more pressure on me to produce and be effective in my first year down there, but I can take it and get the monkey off my back."

One thing is for sure for Hawthorne and the rest of the stellar wide receiver class Auburn brought in this year, if they produce early in fall camp they'll get a shot right away to make some plays in the offense. Losing three senior receivers off last year's team, the time is right for someone to jump in right away. Hawthorne says after watching the team this spring he knows they've got a chance to do some good things and he's hoping he just bring that little something extra that was missing.

"I got a chance to watch them this spring," Hawthorne says. "I was there for the A-Day game. They looked pretty good. Coach (Tommy) Tuberville said they didn't want to show too much to everybody, but as far as I saw I was very impressed especially by the offense. I feel like there are a lot of players that are going to step up and they also need a couple of incoming freshmen to step up. If that's me then I'm ready to step up for them."

Hawthorne says he plans to report to Auburn June 11 to begin training for next season.

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