Go-To Receiver Big In Victory

Courtney Taylor discusses his nine-catch, 103-yard effort against Mississippi State and gives his thoughts on the upcoming game against LSU.

Starkville, Miss.--The Courtney Taylor that was on the field Saturday at Mississippi State looked much like the Courtney Taylor of 2004--coming up with clutch third down catches to keep drives alive and turning up field for extra yardage.

"I never went anywhere," he jokes. "I was just waiting."

In 2005 he was bothered with a high ankle sprain all season and finished fourth on the team with 22 catches for 278 yards after pulling in 34 receptions and 43 receptions as a freshman and sophomore.

With many new faces lining up at wideout for Auburn this year, Taylor is the go-to guy and he proved that against the Bulldogs with a career high nine catches. He also had his second career 100-yard receiving game with 103 on the day.

"It was fun," he says. "It felt good. When you get into your routes and you're saying to yourself, ‘This ball is coming to me,' it feels pretty good.

"Just the fact that I want the ball in my hands," he adds. "I know that we're a good running team. Whenever things go wrong or we need big third down plays I try to tell coach in practice, ‘Hey, I'm your guy.'"

Courtney Taylor extended several drives with third-down receptions.

Knowing ahead of time that the Bulldogs would load the box and try to slow down tailback Kenny Irons, offensive coordinator Al Borges said after the game that getting the ball in #86's hands was part of the scripted game plan.

"Honestly I didn't have any idea," Taylor says. "I knew I was going to get my opportunities. The thing is to take advantage of it."

He took advantage of all of the balls thrown his way and Auburn was able to put in the backups late in the game to keep the starters' legs fresh for LSU. With arguably the game of the year on Auburn's schedule just a week away, Taylor says that it didn't take long for his mind to shift gears to think about next Saturday's top 10 battle in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"As soon as they took me out and they told me I wasn't going back in," he says. "I looked up and it was 31-0 and I was saying we've got a huge one coming up next week. The mindset starts now.

"We'll be ready," Taylor adds. "I know we're going to get LSU's best shot. To me they are one of the best teams in the conference and we'll be ready. It's one (game) that you'll cherish for the rest of your life. To me it's SEC football, big-time athletes, big-time games and you know you're going to get their best shot. I know I'm looking forward to it."

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