Big Scrimmage, Spring For Zachery

Junior wide receiver Terrell Zachery talks about Saturday's scrimmage and starting over on offense.

Auburn, Ala.--While the quarterback job gets the majority of the attention in spring practice, and rightfully so, one of the positions where the Auburn coaching staff is looking for someone to step up is at wide receiver. In Saturday's first scrimmage junior Terrell Zachery went a long way towards being one of those players with a couple of big plays for the offense.

"I think it went pretty good," Zachery said. "We put in a couple of new plays the day before the scrimmage. We had a couple of people looking around at times wondering what was going in, but overall I think we had a pretty good day.

"I think I did okay," he added. "I had one big catch at the end that put us up. We had a fumble at the end and you're only as good as your last play. We just have to keep getting better."

Learning Auburn's new offense from coordinator Gus Malzahn and wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor, Zachery is working at one of the outside receiver positions for the Tigers in the spring. He said that while they are continuing to learn the basics, seeing Malzahn's ability to adjust and add new things daily has him excited about the offense.

There is no better example than what happened on Saturday. Putting in a new pass play Friday, the Tigers scored a touchdown when Neil Caudle hit Zachery for the score. He said it was promised to be there and it worked to perfection.

"Coach Malzahn said it was going to work," Zachery said. "He was right. I was wide open in the middle…it was basically a post. Darvin (Darvin Adams) was on the inside and he had a corner. They were in cover two. He broke it out and I broke it in, I was wide open.

"It just gives us more confidence in him," Zachery added. "He said it was going to work and it did. We go out on the field and use it and it works, that just lets us know he knows what he's doing."

Used very little his first two seasons at Auburn, Zachery is using this spring as a chance to start over in his career. With a new coaching staff and offensive system, he said things couldn't be any better for him.

"I feel like it's my second chance," Zachery said. "I just have to keep working hard every day, just stay focused and do what I have to do to keep a position."

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