Auburn, Ala.--There are expected to be some changes on Auburn's offense this week, but not with who will be the Tigers' starting quarterback.
The changes are expected to come at wide receiver where Tim Hawthorne has moved into the number one spot at the slot receiver position and Robert Dunn moves to the outside Z position ahead of Prechae Rodriguez.
One of Auburn's top receivers in preseason camp, Dunn has been very close to making several big plays for the Tigers in the first two games of the year. Because of his play the Tigers have decided to give him a look outside this week to see how both he and Hawthorne respond.
"I'm always excited about touching the ball," Dunn says. "I talked to Coach (Al) Borges after the game and he pulled me aside and told me they were going to try to get me the ball a little bit more. I practiced at Z on Sunday but really didn't know what was going on.
"I'm pretty comfortable (outside)," he adds. "Coach has been working me throughout the games. In certain series he would put me at Z. That reverse play I was at Z then. I'm just trying to get more familiar with the playbook. He quizzes us every week. We've got to know every other position in addition to our position. I'm already kind of familiar with the position."
Junior Rodgeriqus Smith will continue to hold down the top spot at the X receiver with James Swinton working as his back up. Behind Dunn at the Z are both Rodriguez and true freshman Chris Slaughter. Sophomore Montez Billings is also a player getting a look to see if he's ready for more playing time this week. Dunn says it wouldn't surprise him to see several different players get action against Mississippi State.
"I feel like everybody really has a shot to get on the field," Dunn says. "We've just got to keep up the consistency. That's what coach is looking for, consistency as a group. That's who they're going to put on the field, the person is who the most consistent and the guy they feel like they can trust the most. The more trust they gain in practice the more playing time they get on the field."
As one of Auburn's most intense offensive players, Dunn points out that at the moment he's trying to help energize the unit to become more excitable. In turn he hopes that adds some big plays to an offense that is searching for something to get it going.
"I'm here to do my part on the team," Dunn says. "If my part is to fire everybody up or motivate everybody then that's what I've got to do. I'm that type of person I have to be proud of myself and my game. I'm always amped. I don't care if it's a two-yard slant, I'm going to get up amped. I just try to get everybody motivated and lead by example."