Trott Sees Signs of Progress

Auburn sophomore tight end Tommy Trott talks about Auburn's his play in spring football drills.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the positions of strength for the Auburn Tigers in 2007 is expected to be at tight end where Cole Bennett returns for his senior year along with sophomores Tommy Trott and Gabe McKenzie.

In Auburn's second spring scrimmage, the tight ends finally got into the action in a larger receiving role with Trott one of the leading receivers on the day with three catches for 55 yards. The Montgomery native says it was fun to get involved once again after a slow start to his spring.

"It felt good," Trott says. "I have been catching some balls in practice, but in the scrimmages, because of the rotation, it really comes down to who is in there when the play is called. I was a little bit fortunate to be in there when more passing plays were called."

After redshirting for the 2005 season, Trott had a solid freshman season for the Tigers while splitting time with McKenzie as the starter. That's because Bennett was lost for the season in the third game with a broken bone in his foot. Trott says trying to become a more physical player while also getting his feet wet as a starter made for a tough first year, but he thinks in the long run it has helped his game.

"The one thing that comes to mind is confidence," Trott says. "I now have confidence in where I'm going and stuff like that. If you know in your head where you're going before the ball is snapped then you're not second-guessing yourself and you're firing off the ball. You just do a lot more things full speed and you do them right.

"Last year sometimes I would ease off the ball to make sure everyone else was going my way. Now confidence is the biggest thing I have going for me, that and just another year in the program."

Tommy Trott tries to break a tackle after one of his three catches in Saturday's scrimmage.

A reason for Trott and the offense to be excited this spring is the play of senior quarterback Brandon Cox. Hurt for much of the season in 2006 because of knee and ankle problems, Cox is once again full speed and looks stronger than he has at any time in his Auburn career. Trott says that is something you can tell right away when you watch number 12 in action.

"I think it's obvious," Trott says. "I think everyone who was there could tell the difference. Brandon is a great quarterback and when you have him healthy it's a whole different Auburn football team out here. Unfortunately, we couldn't have him healthy last year but he fought through a lot of stuff. He's just a completely different quarterback right now."

With spring training wrapping up, Trott says that the offense is getting better and he's looking for a strong performance in Saturday's A-Day game that will kick off at 1 p.m.

"From last week to this week you could tell there was an improvement," Trott says. "The first week, hands down, the defense won. The second week we came out ready to go and we moved it pretty well on the first drive. After that the defense held its own, but we got more momentum towards the end in the red zone situation. I feel like we improved. There is obviously a lot more room for improvement, but I feel like we're making strides."

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