Zachery's Stock On the Rise

Auburn receiver Terrell Zachery is looking to finally contribute to the Auburn football team.

Auburn, Ala.--As Terrell Zachery heads into his redshirt sophomore season for the Tigers, he has yet to make an impact on the Auburn football team.

However, based on the first major scrimmage of spring drills, that could be changing this fall.

Zachery, who was a record-setting receiver at Wadley High School, caught nine passes for 84 yards and one touchdown in the scrimmage. He earned praise from offensive coordinator Tony Franklin for his "dynamic" performance and served notice he is a player who could be a key performer in AU's new spread offense this season.

Franklin notes that prior to Saturday's scrimmage, he hadn't seen anything from Zachery that would lead the coach to believe he would play like he did or be a major factor in the offense for the 2008 season. Zachery's performance definitely got Franklin's attention.

"I think I had a pretty good day," Zachery tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We had a lot of guys banged up. I just did what I had to do."

Zachery set an Alabama High School Athletic Association record for career receiving yards with 4,672 and scored 53 touchdowns on 190 career receptions for Wadley so catching a lot of passes is nothing new.

After redshirting in 2006, he sat out last season after landing in Coach Tommy Tuberville's "doghouse" after falling behind academically.

This fall, he will be looking for his first college reception and in Franklin's system there should be plenty of opportunities to have the football thrown his way. "It is a well-balanced offense," Zachery says. "Everybody is going to get a chance to show what they can do."

Zachery notes that his performance in the scrimmage was his best day of practice since he arrived in Auburn. Commenting on why that happened, he says, "I think it is just a lot of little things like working with Coach (Greg) Knox, a lot of things he talked about at the meetings helped me out a lot."

Zachery, who is working as an inside receiver, says he likes the position. "The key things are working on the linebackers and safeties," he says. "I think the inside receivers have an advantage on the outside linebackers and safeties."

To be successful at the position, a receiver has to display toughness, Zachery notes. "You have to be physical in there because you have linebackers you are working against."

The redshirt sophomore notes that he has not set any personal goals this season. "I am a team player," he says. "As long as the team does well, I am happy."

Looking at the big picture on offense, Zachery says, "Time will tell how good we will be. I think we definitely have a chance to be better than last year."

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