Trott Looking For A New Beginning

Auburn junior Tommy Trott talks about the excitement surrounding Tony Franklin's offense on the Plains.

Auburn, Ala.--Last season was a frustrating one for Auburn receivers and tight ends other than Rod Smith and Montez Billings, who combined for 70 catches and 1,026 yards.

In 2007 Auburn completed just 134 passes to players other than that duo with highly recruited players such as Tommy Trott, Chris Slaughter, Terrell Zachery and Tim Hawthorne combining for 11 receptions for 99 yards and no touchdowns.

This season looks to be a different story under coordinator Tony Franklin as the receiver group has been given major hope that it will be a bigger part of the offensive game plans. Perhaps the player who could make the biggest jump in catches made is Trott, who is expected to be a major part of the Tigers' attack under Franklin when the Tigers take the field at 6 p.m. Saturday against ULM.

"Going through practice this week we repped so many passing plays," Trott says. "I caught a good amount of balls and that makes you feel good. It hasn't stopped because it's game week. I'm still catching the ball a good bit. I'm definitely excited. I know Tim is. I know a lot of the guys are. Everybody is excited about catching a bunch of balls."

The first game of the season is always exciting no matter the opponent and Trott says that is the case this season although the Warhawks aren‘t considered a top flight opponent by many. Even though ULM beat Alabama last year and that has been the talk around much of the state in preparation for this game, Trott says in the end it doesn't matter because it's all about what Auburn does.

Tommy Trott is shown at a preseason workout during two-a-days.

"We've been practicing too much," Trott says. "We're ready to play somebody. We're excited about it. We're ready to go out there and hit somebody in a different color jersey than we haven't hit before. We're ready to go out there and do it.

"It's something that we've heard a lot of but it's the first game," Trott adds. "We've been practicing way too long to go out there and not compete in the first game. Everyone is so ready to play somebody different that the excitement is there.

"You're going to give 110 percent. You don't do this all spring, all summer, all through two-a-days to go out there and lay it down in the first game. They beat Alabama last year. We realize they have a good team. That just encourages us that much more."

The biggest question that remains as Auburn gets ready for the opener is just how will the offense perform on the field? While it has looked good in practice for much of the preseason, even Franklin admits that you never really know how it will work until you get in a game. Trott says that as far as he's concerned he knows exactly what to expect after all the work the team has put in to get ready.

"There is maybe a little question mark but not really," Trott notes. "We've been doing it so much it's our offense now. It feels like we've been doing it for a year. Actually it feels like we've been doing it for two years we've been practicing so much.

"Everyone feels good about it," the junior adds. "There is a certain comfort level that everybody on offense has in what we're doing out there."

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