AU's Taylor Eager To Start NFL Camp

A report on former Auburn standout Courtney Taylor is featured.

Seattle--Courtney Taylor has never been an athlete to hide his emotions as a high school and college star. That is still the case as he tries to make a living playing football as a wide receiver in the National Football League.

"It's great and I can't complain at all," Taylor says of his early experiences with the Seattle Seahawks. "There are great people in the organization and it is a great team. The guys are phenomenal. It is a great experience for me and I am looking forward to getting back to training camp."

Taylor, a sixth round draft pick, is scheduled to report with the other rookies, including his Auburn teammate Will Herring, on Thursday to begin training camp. When the veterans report, he will see another familiar face, former Auburn teammate Ben Obomanu, who is also trying to make the Seahawks' roster as a wide receiver.

"It's good that Ben is going to be there because Ben and I have been competing since we got to college," says Taylor, who finished his Auburn career as the school's all-time leader in total receptions.

"It is friendly competition and Ben is one of my best friends--he always has been and always will be," Taylor points out. "The great thing about it is that we are not playing the same position so that is awesome. I am at Z, which is the flanker receiver."

Courtney Taylor caught 54 passes for 704 yards as a senior last season.

Taylor suffered a preseason injury prior to his senior season at Auburn and never was full speed the entire year, but helped the Tigers post an 11-2 record as the team's top receiver. Health is not an issue this summer.

"I am full speed, healthy and ready to do it," Taylor says. "I have been to the mini-camps and have been training in Auburn getting myself ready for training camp."

Taylor signed a four-year contract with the Seahawks, but still has to prove himself in preseason to make the team. "I think they will take around seven or eight receivers and there are 10 out there," he notes.

The wide receiver says he hasn't been surprised by any aspect of pro football so far. "Everybody is talented and I expected that going in," he says. "The big thing in the NFL is the game so mental and that is something I expected, too."

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