Out Of Doghouse, Zachery Ready To Make Amends

Auburn, Ala.--Redshirt freshman receiver Terrell Zachery is out of the proverbial doghouse and possibly into the lineup for Auburn's Chick-fil-A Bowl game against Clemson on Dec. 31.

"We rotate a lot, so maybe there's a chance I'll get to play," Terrell Zachery says. "It's real exciting. It's mostly special teams."

Zachery practiced at the slot position in Al Borges' offense before finding his way into the dreaded Tommy Tuberville "doghouse." He says he's been working in the rotation on the kickoff return and punt return units.

"On offense I'll be working the H-back with Mario (Fannin) and Robert (Dunn)," Zachery says.

"I love it, because everybody gets a chance," he adds of new coordinator Tony Franklin's system. "I love it."

Zachery set the Alabama high school record for the most receiving yards with 4,672 during his career at Wadley, Ala., High School. He redshirted in 2006 at Auburn and was expected to have an impact this season. However, he had some academic issues prior to the season.

"I had some academic stuff that I needed to take care of," he explains. "I busted my butt this semester and got it done. It was a big turnaround. There was one grade that I needed (last summer), but I didn't get it. I just made up for it this semester."


Zachery is shown making a grab during a scrimmage last spring.

Zachery practiced with the team and was a part of the scout team during the season, helping the rest of the team prepare for the opponent each week. The fall semester at Auburn University ended last week, and Zachery is now in good graces on and off the field.

"I tried not to get down on myself and I had to stay positive," Zachery says. "I wanted to be out there practicing with the team and playing with them in the games. It was real hard.

"I did the redshirts (workouts) for two years," he adds. "I think it all paid off."


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