New Offense A New Opportunity For Trott

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Trott was the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year and the 4A Back of the Year following his senior season at Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery in 2004.

From his tight end position he caught 112 passes for 2,107 yards and 30 touchdowns in his final two years of high school. After signing with Auburn and redshirting in 2005, Trott has just 13 catches for 125 yards and two scores in his first two years at the collegiate level.

Used as mostly a blocker in Al Borges' West Coast Offense, Trott may have a new opportunity in Tony Franklin's spread offense.

"I'm not real sure what all is going to happen yet," Trott says. "We've got a long summer. We've got spring, summer and two-a-days before we get into a majority of it. Just looking at it, there is a chance that it could open up some more opportunities to catch more balls.

"I'll tell you one thing that I've noticed," he adds. "I don't think that I'm ever going to be in pass blocking again, maybe not after the bowl, for the rest of my career here. That's exciting, as much as I like to pass block."

Trott is shown running after the catch on a tight end screen against Vanderbilt.

Trott was asked to gain weight when he arrived, and after being a threat in the passing game his entire life was turned into a blocker. However, as soon as he figured out what the Tony Franklin System was all about he started to shed some of the now unnecessary weight.

"There is no point in being 255, which is what they wanted me at all year this year," he explains. "If I'm not going to be in there blocking all the time I'd much rather drop some weight. It's definitely going to be something I'm going to do during the off season.

"I played high school at 230," he continues. "If I could get down to 230 or 235 it'd be perfect for me."

Trott had the athleticism at high school to not only line up with a hand on the ground just outside of the tackle, but also to flex out into the slot or out wide, which he expects to be in "a majority of the time," he says. "There are still going to be times I'll have my hand on the ground. Just the little bit of Troy film we've watched it usually seems like there is four or five wide."

Auburn is done practicing until after Christmas. The Tigers will meet Christmas evening in Atlanta and play Clemson on Dec. 31 at the Georgia Dome.

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