It's Guess Work Time At Receiver for Tigers

Auburn wide receiver Lee Guess is expected to see a bigger role as a senior.

Auburn, Ala.--Look for Auburn receiver Lee Guess, who has played a backup role the past three seasons, to break into the starting lineup on opening night vs. Washington State.

That is the word from his head coach, Tommy Tuberville, as the Tigers prepare for their first ever football game vs. the WSU Cougars. Kickoff is 6:45 p.m. CDT on Sept. 2nd at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"Lee has been behind some experienced guys--Ben (Obomanu), Devin (Aromashodu) and Courtney (Taylor)," Tuberville says. "Now it is his time.

Guess beats the pass coverage at a preseason practice.

"He is a good solid player. He knows how to run routes. Brandon (QB Brandon Cox) obviously has confidence in him. He has thrown the ball to him for years. He has got good hands. He is going to be a factor in what we do.

"He and Robert Dunn are playing the playing position," Tuberville adds. "Some games we will play the slot position 10 plays. Some times we will play it 40 plays and then alternate. You talk about a lot of playing time, it just depends.

"He knows the outside positions, too," Tuberville points out. "He has played all three so he is kind of an ace in the hole for us if we were to get somebody injured. In his duration of being here, he has had the opportunity to learn all of the positions. He is going to be a pretty valuable guy playing all positions."

Guess, who graduated in three years, is working on an MBA degree off the field. On the field he has played in games and seven catches for 129 yards with one touchdown. As a high school senior, he caught 93 passes from Cox to set a Class 6A state record. He netted 1,341 receiving yards that year and scored 12 touchdowns.

Guess is shown while he was a high school star for Hewitt-Trussville.

Auburn redshirt junior quarterback Brandon Cox, who has played with Guess since they were stars at Hewitt-Trussville High School, says he is excited about more playing time for the 5-10, 179 senior.

"I know last year he played a little bit, but this year he is starting in the slot position," the quarterback says. "It is kind of going back to high school days throwing to him. Hopefully we can connect a few times."

Cox notes that Guess has been performing well in practice. "He had a great spring and he has worked hard all summer out there throwing in skelly drills and in the weight room, too," the QB says. "He has followed that up with a great fall camp and I think the coaches have noticed that."

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