Rollison Ready To Give It His Best Shot

Auburn freshman QB Tyrik Rollison talks about his first two days of practice and his expectations.

Auburn, Ala.--For Auburn freshman quarterback Tyrik Rollison the time has come. No longer is he the phenom from Texas that was one of the centerpieces of Coach Gene Chizik's first recruiting class, he's now just another freshman trying to make his mark and work his way into the playing rotation. Rollison said right now his main goal is just to learn as much as possible and give it his best shot.

"The mini-camps and going over things with some of the veteran quarterbacks that kind of helped me start my first two-a-days off," Rollison said. "It has been pretty good."

Just like every freshman, Rollison said he's struggling with the speed of the game and the adjustment period in learning a more sophisticated offensive system.

"I guess you could say (the toughest part) is getting all the concepts down," Rollison said. "Just the play call and the communication…I'm so used to my high school that it's just throwing me off right now. I'm working hard every day to try to get everything right.

"Some of us knew coming in that it was going to be pretty fast," he added. "Once again, you just have to get out there and work."

Coming from Texas with offers from several different schools in the Midwest, Rollison had to make a decision to move pretty far from home when he chose Auburn. He said for him the decision came down to the relationships built with the coaching staff.

"I really just grew a relationship with some of the coaches like Coach (Curtis) Luper and Coach Trooper (Taylor) and Coach (Gus) Malzahn. We got to talk on the phone a lot and really grew a relationship. I felt like this would be like a second home to me. I took it and ran with it."

Another big reason for Rollison's decision was Malzahn and his offensive style. Knowing it was up-tempo and wide open played a big part in his decision to be a Tiger but it was more about the man.

"Coach Malzahn is a great man," Rollison said. "He's always going to be there for you if you need anything. The offense, I'm still trying to learn it just like the other freshmen. We're out there working hard every day to improve."

That improvement will have to come in leaps and bounds if Rollison hopes to challenge Kodi Burns, Neil Caudle and Chris Todd for the starting job. He said right now that's not a concern for him, he just wants to become as good as he can be as quickly as possible and everything else will take care of itself.

"All I can say is I'm out there every day working my hardest trying to get everything right," Rollison said. "Coach Malzahn is looking at everybody the same way. We're all out there trying to work hard and do everything the right way."


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