Blake Hoping To Be Big Play Threat For Tigers

Auburn freshman receiver Emory Blake talks about his first scrimmage as a Tiger.

Auburn, Ala.--When Emory Blake signed with the Auburn Tigers, he said one of the reasons why was because Coaches Trooper Taylor and Gus Malzahn told him they needed help immediately and were looking for playmakers. After Tuesday night Blake may be on his way to solving both problems for the Tigers.

Catching a 50-yard touchdown pass from fellow freshman Clint Moseley near the end of Auburn's first scrimmage of the preseason, Blake delivered the big play that the coaches were looking for. It capped off a solid day for some of the young players on offense, particularly Blake.

"It was real good," Blake said. "I came out there confident. I wanted to prove myself to the coaches and try to make some big plays so they can get a good look at me for the season.

"T Zac (Terrell Zachery) caught a fade and I thought he had one foot in but the refs said he was out," Blake added. "We had some people make some plays today but we've still got work to do. We still have a lot of mistakes we need to fix but we've got two tomorrow. We'll get right back on it and see what we need to fix."

Playing what he guessed to be 25-30 plays, Blake said he was pleased with his first scrimmage action as an Auburn Tiger because he knows the competition level he's facing day in and day out at the position.

"It was about what I expected," Blake said. "They are trying to get everyone reps and evaluate everyone. I wasn't expecting to get too many reps but I was hoping to get some."

Blake wasn't the only young wide receiver making plays as fellow freshman Anthony Gulley also had a big play via the running game.

"Anthony Gulley's reverse was really cool," Blake said. "They hit a reverse to Gulley and he ran about 40 yards. That was cool. He didn't score but went out of bounds pretty close to scoring."

Now over a week into his first preseason at Auburn and with a scrimmage under his belt, Blake will try to continue to impress Taylor and work his way into the playing rotation to open the season. He said something that has helped him is his comfort level with everyone involved with Auburn.

"The guys made me feel great coming in," Blake said. "Troop demands a lot from us but that's what I expect from a coach that wants to win. I feel like if we keep working we'll be good.

"It's exciting for me to be in the mix right now," he added. "That's one of the reasons why I came here. Troop and Malzahn promised me that and that's what I wanted. Coming in I have tried to work as hard as I can. Hopefully I'll get it done."

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