Taylor: Every Game Is Important

Senior leader Courtney Taylor talks about the progression of the other wide receivers.

Auburn, Ala.--When Tulane visits Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday it likely won't be a game of any major significance for Auburn other than getting a win, staying healthy and improving on execution.

It's not a conference game and it's a match-p that the Tigers are expected to win, and win big. However, with many inexperienced receivers still trying to find their groove, Courtney Taylor says the wideouts must take every game seriously.

"You've got other guys stepping up and that's the thing," Taylor says. "When we roll around to the last stage of the season we need them. They're going to be big for us, especially on our quest to go back to Atlanta. As long as we take a step forward to getting better then we've won. Points and everything will take care of itself if we go out, do what we're suppose to do and do our job."

Taylor has 30 receptions this season, which is twice as many as Auburn's next leading receiver. Rodgeriqus Smith has 15 catches and Prechae Rodriguez has eight. No other wide receiver has more than three.

Taylor says that it was frustrating at times working with inexperienced players early in the season, but the other guys are getting to where they need to be from a production standpoint.

"If they don't do something right then nine times out of 10 that's clouding up my route and I can't get the ball," he notes. "Or if I don't do it right then he doesn't get the ball. I saw double coverages and everything else. I expected that going into the season because most teams think we're inexperienced at wide receiver.

"Rod Smith is coming into his own and he's getting comfortable," Taylor adds. "You look at Robert Dunn. He's making plays and he's getting comfortable. Prechae Rodriguez. You have a lot of guys who are coming into their own and getting comfortable and that makes my job a whole lot easier. I don't have to worry about safeties cheating to my side of the field or anything. I can just go out there and do what I do because they have to respect both sides of the receivers."


Taylor had five receptions for 37 yards against Florida.

Auburn's victory over second-ranked Florida marked the eighth time since 2004 that the Tigers have beaten an AP Top 10 team, versus just one loss during that stretch. Many fans and media thought that the noise during the 27-17 win was one of the loudest in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Taylor says it was up there near the top, but not the loudest he has heard.

"I think the loudest I ever heard at Jordan-Hare had to be Syracuse," he says of the 37-34 overtime win in 2002. "That was the loudest I ever heard the stadium. Ever. I redshirted that year and I was on the sideline chillin', but it was loud. Like ear-popping loud. I haven't had too many popping games. That game and the LSU game the year we went down (in 2003) and they drilled us like 31-7. That's when your ears are popping. That's when you know it's loud."


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