On Wednesday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium it was no surprise that "T-Zach" was one of the more impressive performers on offense with both his catching and blocking.
Zachery, who finished his high school career as the leading receiver in Alabama high school football history, said he likes what he is seeing from his final Auburn team.
"We are so far ahead of where we last year in everything," he said. "The attention to the details, we are way ahead."
Zachery showed he could get physical with a big block in the scrimmage, something that has been a point of emphasis for wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor this preseason.
"We are trying to do the small things that Coach Trooper and Coach (Gus) Malzahn talk about all of the time--the small stuff that sometimes you don't get recognized for," Zachery said. "One of my goals this year is to be a better blocker and I am working on that."
Looking at the receivers as a group compared to going into the 2009 season, Zachery said, "We have come a long way. We are all working together just trying to be the best receiving corps in the nation."
Asked about the freshmen receivers, Zachery had praise for Antonio Goodwin and Shaun Kitchens, who both had good performances in the scrimmage, along with Trovon Reed, who had to sit out the session with a leg problem that is not believed to be serious.
"Antonio had two big catches and Shaun is doing real good," Zachery said. "Trovon was held out tonight for some reason, but he has been doing really good, too, and he is picking up things in the film room."
Looking at the first scrimmage as a whole, Zachery said the offense held the upper hand, but didn't dominate, but he added, "The offense had way more explosive plays than the defense did. We threw a lot of passes tonight. Coach Malzahn wanted to see how the receivers looked and they looked real good."
In other news and notes from the scrimmage:
*Freshman wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis is making a rapid recovery from ACL surgery in the spring. On Wednesday night he had several strong blocks in the scrimmage.
*Senior Kodi Burns, who converted from quarterback to wide receiver, had a big night catching the football. He caught a long pass from Cameron Newton when the offense snapped the ball while the defense was offsides and the play went for a long gainer. Burns made a nice catch in traffic, something he did the previous night for a 60-yard gain.