Tight End Trott Picking Up The Pace

Auburn, Ala.--Redshirt freshman Tommy Trott says with eight college games of experience behind him he feels better about how he is playing as a tight end.

The 6-5, 254-pounder from Montgomery caught a 27-yard touchdown pass last week from Brandon Cox and has seven receptions and two TDs this season. He has also made strides as a blocker as he sees significant playing time with senior Cole Bennett still on the mend after breaking a bone in his foot.

Trott notes that he is a work in progress and the entire Auburn offense is, too. "I think we are coming along," he says. "Obviously, Brandon probably had his best game of the year last week. We ran the ball a little better. We want to carry that on. We still feel like we haven't hit on all cylinders--the entire offense hasn't clicked and our best game is ahead of us.

"We feel like we are well on our way," Trott says. "The offensive line is doing a lot better blocking-wise. We feel like we have been controlling the front better than we have. There is still room to improve and that is what we plan on doing."

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville notes that he has seen improvement from Trott. "Tommy had a great spring practice last year, but did not have a very productive two-a-days," Tuberville says. "I think one reason is because he gained a lot of weight during the offseason with muscle mass. He was lifting a lot of weights and I think it slowed him down a bit. It caused him a problem catching the ball for some reason.

"He caught everything in the spring and hardly caught anything during two-a-days," the coach notes. "He has gotten better during the season and he has a lot of ability. He is very smart and he was thrown in with Gabe (McKenzie) when Cole went down with an injury. Both are now co-starters as freshmen and both have three more years remaining, which is good for us.

Tommy Trott stretches for the goal line on his touchdown reception last Saturday vs. Tulane.

"The sky is the limit for Tommy and he is going to get better and better," Tuberville predicts. "He is getting better at blocking and he is becoming more physical."

Trott and his teammates are preparing for their third road game of the season, an 11:30 a.m. start on Saturday vs. Ole Miss. The freshman seems eager to get back into action as the 7-1 Tigers try to stay in the race for the SEC title.

"Obviously I am getting a little bit more comfortable out there," Trott says. "I am blocking a lot better. I am holding on to blocks a lot longer than I was. I was getting my weight too far forward and stuff like that. I feel like I am playing a lot better.

"Obviously, you are never satisfied with the way you played," he adds. "The moment you get satisfied, you aren't a good player anymore. I am not satisfied and I am still trying to improve, but I am a lot more comfortable out there, I know what I am doing and the crowd is not as big of a factor once you get comfortable out there. I don't feel like a rookie anymore. I feel like I am in that role and I am not like lost out there on the field."

Bennett, McKenzie and Trott have combined to make 20 catches this season and offensive coordinator Al Borges says he plans to continue to make the tight ends a big part of the offensive game plans. "It is very exciting," Trott says." I am not sure how many catches we had as a group last week (three), but I feel we are getting more and more each week. Hopefully, that will continue. It is the fun part of the tight end job catching the ball and getting to run with it and we are enjoying it."

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