Taylor: "I'm Going To Miss It"

Auburn senior receiver Courtney Taylor talks about his final game as a Tiger.

Dallas, Tex.--There is no question that the number four is on Courtney Taylor's mind this week. That is the number of catches the senior needs to become Auburn's all-time receptions leader and put his name forever in the record books. While that number is big it's the number 41 that is even bigger for the Carrollton native.

That's because a victory over Nebraska would give Taylor and his fellow seniors 41 wins in their four years on the field and for Taylor it would be his 50th victory since arriving at Auburn. Those numbers are big and Taylor says to finish out his career with a win is the only thing he's focusing on.

"We came to play a football game," Taylor says. "That's the first thing Coach said when we got here. He said the first thing we were going to do is win the game and the second thing is we're going to have fun. That's what we want to do. We're going to go out and play hard. We want to be ready to play Nebraska."

Taylor will finish his Auburn career as one of the most productive receivers in school history.

That attitude is different from last season when Taylor admits the Tigers concentrated more on having fun than the actual game and Auburn paid for that overconfidence with a thrashing at the hands of Wisconsin. Taylor says the memory of that game sticks with the Tigers to this very day and they use it for motivation constantly. He's hoping that a healthier offensive unit with himself and Brandon Cox and Kenny Irons all healthy means they can erase that memory once and for all.

"It was a very humbling experience," Taylor says. "That was a first for me because it was one of the first bowl games we've lost since I've been here. It was a humbling experience. We're excited to be in Dallas and we're ready to play some football.

"It's huge for us and for the younger guys because they look at us as leaders," Taylor says about the health of the offense. "It's huge for the whole team for everybody to be back healthy to give it another shot at our final bowl game because we were embarrassed last year basically. Right now we're looking to regroup from that. Our experience is going to go a long way. Just to be back healthy and to have Brandon back healthy and Kenny back healthy wow, the sky is the limit for our offense."

It is the final game for Taylor and the seniors but for Taylor the game is a little different because many of his closest friends at Auburn left after last season's Wisconsin loss. One of those players is Indianapolis Colts receiver Devin Aromashodu. Taylor says that his classmate at Auburn told him to enjoy this game because he'll never play in another one like it.

"I was talking to Devin Aromashodu yesterday when I first got in," Taylor says. "He was telling me how much he missed it. He said the NFL is fun and everything but it's nothing like college. We were just talking about that for about 30 minutes. He said ‘it's your last game so go out and play your heart out because I'll promise you that you'll want the opportunity again to play college football'. I took heed to those words. It's an emotional moment to even think about not being able to put on that Auburn helmet."

"Every day that passes by I'm like ‘wow, I'm a step closer to never wearing an Auburn helmet, never putting on an Auburn uniform again'," he adds. "It's a tough time but at the same time I'm excited because I get to move on with my career. I'm going to miss it. I'm going to miss it."

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