He did more than give it the old college try. Offensive coordinator Al Borges and head coach Tommy Tuberville note they came close to playing him this season, but decided a redshirt year would be the best thing for Zachery and the team even though the Tigers were looking for help in the receiver corps.
As the Tigers wrap up their on-campus portion of bowl preparations this week in Auburn, Zachery says he feels good about the progress he has made since arriving in Auburn last summer immediately after playing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
"I believe I am way better than I was when I got here," says Zachery, one of the redshirted freshmen who is getting extra practice time since the Tigers hit the practice field last week after finishing fall semester final exams.
"I am much more mature," says Zachery, who set an Alabama state high school record for career receiving yards with 4,672 at Wadley where he also scored 53 receiving touchdowns. "I understand things a lot better than I did when I got to Auburn.
"I have gotten better at reading defenses and running different routes," he adds.
Terrell Zachery is shown in a bowl practice workout.
Zachery notes that he has been working on getting stronger and faster in strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall's workouts. The freshman says he has improved.
"I feel like I am faster and I am definitely a lot bigger and stronger," he says. "I weighed 189 pounds when I got here and now I am up to 205. I think it is from weight lifting. We work out three times a week. That is the main thing."
With starting slot receiver Lee Guess a senior, Zachery is expected to challenge for first string status in 2007. "I just want a chance to play," he says. "I really want to show everybody what I can do."
Tuberville says he is looking forward to seeing what Zachery can do when spring training cranks up in March. The coach also notes that the two other freshmen who worked on the scout team this season, Zachery's roommate Tim Hawthorne and Alex Rose, are showing potential. "All three of those guys have improved since they got here," he says.
Zachery and the Tigers are scheduled to work out on campus through Thursday before breaking for Christmas. They will meet again on Dec. 26th in Dallas and begin preparations the following day for the Jan. 1st Cotton Bowl date vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers.