Dunn Shines On A-Day With Two TD Catches

Robert Dunn got a chance to show that he can be a key part of Auburn's new offensive system with a strong performance in Auburn's spring football game.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior wideout Robert Dunn made plays all over the field in Saturday's Auburn A-Day football game.

In addition to his two touchdown catches, he also caught three other passes and was a main target of the day for both quarterbacks, finishing with five receptions for 69 yards.

"I missed a lot of practice because of class," Robert Dunn said. "I have an eight o'clock class and we have practice around 7:30 so I missed a whole lot of practice this spring, but the coaches have been sticking with me th whole spring."

His commitment to getting better has been tested by his lack of practice reps, but Dunn is doing the extra things to make sure he continues to improve heading into his senior year as an Auburn Tiger. Dunn will be one of the vocal leaders of coordinator Tony Franklin's offense so he has made sure that he knows the plays inside and out.

"I have been coming in and watching film, outside of class and study halls and practice just to keep a good mind-frame on what is going on," Dunn said. "He (Franklin) came out today and said he wasn't going to wait on me so I had to know what was going on. He called the plays and I made them."

One of those plays was a 28- yard touchdown completion from Kodi Burns on a deep post route. Dunn was able to get enough space between himself and his defender (Zac Etheridge) to give Burns a nice target. It also helped that Burns made perhaps his best throw of the afternoon on that play.

"I saw they were in cover two and I told him (Burns) I was going to be open so just throw it, he said ‘alright,'" Dunn said. "I got the safety to bait--I baited him to the corner, and I was wide open over the middle and Kodi made a good throw."

Dunn knows that he is expected to be a vocal leader of the offense--keyword being vocal and, to him, part of that includes a little friendly gamesmanship between himself and some of the defensive backs. One of those unlucky DBs was Etheridge, who was on Dunn for both of his touchdown catches--a fact that Dunn did not let Etheridge forget.

"I let him know about it," Dun said with a smile. "He already knew--I caught like three on him. He got one of them in the end zone. He broke that one up."

Robert Dunn makes a catch vs. Zac Etheridge.

Dunn's second touchdown catch came on a pass from Chris Todd. The receiver said he was pleased with how both quarterbacks played and how they are competing and progressing throughout the spring.

"They did good," Dunn said. "They are competing a whole lot. Coaches like the competition and we like it as a team because it keeps the whole team motivated because we can come out and see those two guys--and it is making everyone on the team want to compete. The quarterback is the leader of the offense so when we see those two guys competing, it just makes everybody's game that much better."

Look for Dunn to be a big factor in Auburn's success this fall as he will be one of the go-to receivers in Franklin's spread offense. Dunn also will likely handle punt return duties for the Tigers, a job he did last fall as well.

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