Tiger Tight End Making Progress

Auburn, Ala.--The play of a tight end has been one of the highlights of Auburn's spring football practice and the rising junior says he is excited about seeing what he can do this fall.

"I feel like I have had a pretty good spring," Tommy Trott tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Just the opportunity to catch more balls has really motivated me to work harder. It motivated me during the winter workouts we had and I feel like I am in a lot better shape than I was."

Trott has dropped weight to improve his quickness for an offense that features the tight ends as receivers and says he can feel the difference. "I am absolutely quicker," he says. "I played last year at 255 and I weighed in at 242 before the A-Day Game," he says.

"It feels so much better," he points out. "I feel like I am able to run better and get in and out of my cuts better--all kind of things," he adds. "I don't feel like a sixth offensive lineman anymore."

Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin says he is looking forward to getting the football to Trott this season.

"I'll be very surprised if Tommy does not have a great year," Franklin says. "I think he has a chance to be a special player at that position.

Tommy Trott makes a catch in Auburn's first spring scrimmage.

"This offense revolves a whole lot around the ‘Y' and especially when you have a good one," Franklin says. "At Kentucky we had a kid names James Whalen who caught 90 balls in one season. He was a first team All-American. Then the following year, a sophomore stepped into the same position and caught 55. I think and was a first team All-SEC player.

"There is not any doubt that that position is real important in this offense and that person gets a lot of opportunities to be successful," Franklin adds.

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