Trott Hoping Bigger Is Better for 2006 Season

Redshirt freshman Tommy Trott has perhaps the best hands on the team and could big a major factor in the passing game this year.

Auburn, Ala.--Backup tight end Tommy Trott is one of many redshirt freshmen who could have an immediate impact when the 2006 season begins in September.

However, the type of role Trott has in the offense has yet to be determined as the Tigers are just two days into preseason practices. He was known for his receiving ability at Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery and showed flashes of being a star in the spring.

Right now he's listed behind senior Cole Bennett, who was voted a first team All-SEC player by the league's coaches, on the depth chart.

"Everyone is working to do everything," Trott says of the tight ends, which includes redshirt freshman Gabe McKenzie and true freshman Michael Goggans. "I think we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Three guys know the system pretty well and Goggans is coming along. He really is. He's picking it up real fast. We're doing all right at tight end."

Trott has become a more physical player with an additional 25 pounds on his frame since last season.

Offensive coordinator Al Borges has done a good job at Auburn at getting his best skill players heavily involved in the game plan, and Trott says he hopes to be a big part of the passing game this year.

"I hope so, and that's the fun part of the tight end spot--catching the ball," he notes. "So being out there in the open and being able to catch more balls would be a lot of fun. I don't know right now. We've got some sets where I'm out there, but we always have in the past with Cooper (departed Cooper Wallace) out there and Cole splits out there. Hopefully I'll get split out there my fair share this year."

With Wallace and Bennett in the lineup last season, Trott was able to redshirt and add significant weight to his 6-5 frame. Now at 255 pounds, Trott says the additional weight has been good and bad during the first two days of practice in the 90-degree heat.

"I've been doing a lot of drinking and a lot of eating," he says. "We put weight on me. I think I gained 15 or up to 20 pounds maybe this summer and that's what we needed to help my blocking. That's what the coaches wanted for me.

"I don't know if I've lost it and I don't know if he has anything to do with the weight, but I promise I'm getting tired," Trott says, even though he hasn't shown his exhaustion any more than his teammates. "I'm probably not in as good of condition as I was. It's fine. I don't think it's slowing me down much, if any. It is making the blocking easier and I need to carry that weight."

Trott and the Tigers will return to the practice on Friday evening for their first workout in shoulder pads. The full pads will go on for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

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