Slaughter Looking For Bigger Role

Auburn true freshman wide receiver Chris Slaughter talks about his role in the offense and seeing more action.

Auburn, Ala.--A late start because of academic question marks coming out of prep school put Auburn true freshman Chris Slaughter behind in his quest to be an impact player in 2007, but the speedy receiver has continued to work hard and is now in a position to get more playing time beginning this Saturday against Tennessee Tech.

The increase in playing time actually began last week when Slaughter was heavily involved in the offense and also as the punt returner. Now feeling more comfortable in Coach Al Borges' offense, Slaughter says that the extra work is beginning to pay off.

"It has been great," Slaughter says. "Practice is getting better for me. Coach (Greg Knox) has me in every huddle even though I'm not in the play. On punt returns they just put me back there to make some plays, putting the ball in my hands to see what I can do. That's what I'm doing right now.

"I played 21 snaps," Slaughter adds on the Ole Miss game. "I was kind of excited to be out there like that. It seems like Coach has a little more faith in me. At first I wasn't really getting the feel of the game, but now I'm getting involved and it's coming to me real fast. Now I can see playing in the SEC."

While he has played a good bit in the last two games, Slaughter is still looking for his breakout game. This season he has just three catches for 19 yards and has returned two punts for nine yards. Those are numbers Slaughter says he's hoping to add to extensively in the coming weeks.

"Last Saturday I got a catch," Slaughter says. "Now I hope they look to me as a playmaker. That's what I like doing. I hope I keep getting more balls. As long as I'm catching the ball hopefully they'll keep looking for me."

One of Auburn's better receivers in fall camp because of his ability to catch the ball and get open, Slaughter struggled to learn the offense because of a late ruling by the NCAA Clearinghouse that kept him out of early practices. Now almost three months into his first year, Slaughter says he's getting more comfortable every time he gets on the field.

"The West Coast offense is going to be tough for any receiver to learn," Slaughter says. "With me coming in late it has been a tough adjustment to the speed of the game and stuff like that. I'm coming along though."

With just three regular season games remaining this season, Slaughter has yet to show in games the talent that he has displayed in practices for the Tigers because of his knowledge of the offense. Not hanging his head, instead he says he just has to continue working if he wants to make an impact this season.

"I'm here now and I've got to do what I've got to do if I want to play," Slaughter says. "Me and Coach Knox go over everything. After practice we go over my releases. I'm working on not getting jammed at the line. I'm more involved in the offense right now."

Slaughter and the Tigers will take on Tennessee Tech for Auburn's Homecoming game with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no regular television coverage or pay per view coverage of the contest.

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