Auburn, Ala.--It had been a long first half of the season for senior wide receiver Courtney Taylor. One of the SEC's best at his position, Taylor led the Tigers in receiving and had some big games to help Auburn to a 6-1 start, but he had yet to get in the end zone. That all changed Saturday when Taylor scored on a 23-yard pass from Brandon Cox but it wasn't easy.
Catching the pass just inside the 10-yard line, Taylor had to make several players miss before easing his way into the end zone. Looking back on the play Taylor says there was no way he wasn't going to score when he got that close.
"It was to the point that I just wasn't going to be denied," Taylor says. "I just tried to make guys miss and get in the end zone. That's what I did a good job of."
The lack of a touchdown is something that the senior says has been bothering him increasingly more each week. It's not because it's a personal thing but more because he says he felt like he wasn't doing everything he could to make the offense better. Now with that out of the way he says things should relax for him some on and off the field.
"It weighs on my heavy," Taylor says. "That's just me, I'm a competitor. Going six or seven games without scoring, wow that's tough. A lot of people don't understand how much I sit there and think about that. I'm just the type of athlete that I want to raise the bar of my game and that's just me. I'm glad I got it off my back and I can relax a little bit more now."
Taylor looks for running room against the Green Wave.
Taylor says much of the reason for his first touchdown is Cox. Getting healthier by the minute and looking stronger against the Green Wave, Cox had a solid day throwing the ball as he completed 16 of 19 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor says that's the Cox he's been waiting to see since he got hurt in the LSU game.
"He was great today," Taylor says. "He looked awesome. Sitting in the pocket and delivering and making checks and the right calls, he did a great job. He looked confident back there today. He had a lot of confidence."
The Tigers now turn their attention to the Ole Miss Rebels and another road game in the Southeastern Conference. Taylor says that the goal of the offense and the team is to improve and take a step forward. That's what they'll be looking to do again this week and Taylor says it's something he felt like they did against Tulane.
"To go out and beat a team you're supposed to beat it all comes down to us executing and moving on from the last week," Taylor says. "We had a huge win against Florida and the thing Coach (Tommy) Tuberville preached this week is to go out and prove to everybody that we are this good. There's no sense for us to go out and not execute and not play up to our potential. I think we did a great job of moving forward this week."