Mr. Consistent: Auburn's Reliable Receiver

Rod Smith's play at wide receiver has a been a highlight of spring drills.

Auburn, Ala.--One of the central themes on offense was evident again on Saturday as the Auburn Tigers had their 14th of 15 spring practices as they put the team on display at the annual A-Day game.

Rodgeriqus Smith, a junior walk-on wide receiver, caught three passes for 67 yards and helped the offense have its best performance so far this spring in the three major scrimmages. Head coach Tommy Tuberville noticed the play of Smith and praised him as did offensive coordinator Al Borges.

"Rod has been our most consistent receiver," Borges says. "He is steady, he makes plays and runs well after the catch. He has become our Courtney Taylor. If he stays healthy and keeps doing what he is doing, I think he is going to have a good year for us."

Smith was smiling after Saturday's A-Day game as he helped QB Brandon Cox put up impressive numbers as the senior hit 15-25 passes for 286 yards and three scores. "Cox looks like his old self out there scrambling around and making plays for us," Smith says. "That is good to see."

Auburn's coaches are seeing a better level of performance from Smith and the receiver agrees. "I have improved a lot since last year," the junior says. "I have stepped up. I have put on weight and I am running better routes. I think I am getting better and better every time I step on the field and that is my goal.

"I learned a lot of things from playing with Courtney Taylor," Smith says of the 2006 senior. "Courtney is a guy who makes a lot of plays. He pretty much has all of the tools.

"I think one of the most important things I have learned from Courtney is to be more consistent," Smith says. "He runs great routes. He is a player you can count on all of the time. If I can do that more, I believe the sky is the limit for me."

Montez Billings caught four passes for 70 yards and one score and got Smith's attention. "Montez stepped up for us in a major way today," he says. "It was our best scrimmage for the wide receivers. It was just a great day for us. We made plays as an offense and a receiver corps."


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