Talented Receiver Hopes to Make Early Impact

Auburn football signee Emory Blake talks about wrapping up high school and getting ready to start his college days.

Austin, Tex.--During the final months of the 2009 recruiting season, Auburn's coaches told prospects they were looking for immediate help at wide receiver. One of the players who liked what he heard on that subject is Emory Blake, who will soon be on campus preparing for his freshman football season.

"Our last week of school is next week," says the Stephen F. Austin High standout who caught 64 passes for 936 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior last fall. "I will graduate next Thursday and the last day of school is Tuesday.

"I think I am going to get to Auburn on the 20th (of June) because I am supposed to be there on the 21st," Blake says.

This spring he ran on his high school track team. "I think it helped make me faster," he notes. "With the training our track coaches do, it also helped me get stronger."

Now his athletic focus is squarely on football and the opportunity to play this fall for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. "I am very excited about the opportunity," he says. "Me and my dad are getting up in the morning and lifting weights. I am doing everything I can to be ready. I am going to come in and try to get on the field and make some things happen."

Emory's dad, Jeff Blake, was a star quarterback at East Carolina who played 14 seasons in the National Football League. "He told me just to come in and compete and not try to wait," the wide receiver says. "He told me to compete, work hard and things will fall into place."

Emory played some quarterback in high school, but his primary position was wideout. As a senior he netted almost 2,200 yards in all-purpose yardage. He rushed 74 times for 643 yards and four scores while being named his District's Most Valuable Offensive Player. He was also selected to the Orlando Sentinel All-South team.

Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn, has told Blake that he might get a chance to run some plays at quarterback in the "wildcat formation."

"Coach Malzahn says he can't wait for me to get here," the high school senior says. "He wants me to be ready to go so we can take off running when I arrive.

"I am going to keep training with my dad and get as strong and as fast I possibly can to get ready to come in and play," says Blake, who adds that he currently checks in at 6-2, 190 pounds. "Height-wise I don't think I will get any bigger. Definitely, weight-wise I can get bigger."

Blake says he is looking forward to the college experience. He will be rooming with fellow freshman Philip Lutzenkirchen from Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga. "I talk to Philip a lot. I talk to Nosa (defensive line signee Nosa Eguae from Mansfield, Tex.) a lot, too."

Todd Brown, who coached Blake at Stephen F. Austin High, says that the Auburn signee did a good job at receiver, running back, quarterback and as a returner. "He just brings that explosiveness anytime he touches the ball," Brown says. "You kind of hold your breath because he is so exciting.

"The other thing he brings is just an incredible knowledge of the game," the coach adds. "He is the best route runner I've ever seen. He takes pride in doing every little thing right like coming out of his break an setting guys up and making the right cut."


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