If South Carolina puts seven or eight defenders on or near the line of scrimmage to try to shut down tailback Kenny Irons and Auburn's other runners, the AU coaching staff will be counting on the wide receivers to step up and have a productive evening.
"We are preparing ourselves this week for man coverage and being able to execute," says Knox, whose Tigers will be in the national spotlight in the Thursday night ESPN nationally televised game.
"We know each and every week when we go out there we have to be at our best," Knox says. "We have to be ready to play at the top level of our potential."
"They got a little playing time," the coach says. "It was good to see James and Montez get in the game and make catches. Montez had a decent little run after the catch. That was good. I wish we could have got him in a little earlier. The more opportunities they can get the better."
One of the themes for the wide receivers in game five as they travel to Columbia, S.C., will be to improve the blocking and that includes the wide receivers, Knox says. "We are coming along in that area," he notes. "It wasn't as good Saturday as I would have liked. There are some technique things we have got to correct."
Auburn, 4-0 overall, will be looking to improve its record to 3-0 in the SEC as the Tigers take on the 3-1 Gamecocks for just the eighth time in school history. Auburn holds a 5-1-1 lead in the series including a 48-7 victory last year.