November 17, 2009

Chizik: Better days ahead

Tommy Trott is a senior. He has just two games left in his college football career.

But when first-year head coach Gene Chizik spoke about the future of Auburn's program just minutes after a gut-wrenching loss to Georgia, Trott couldn't help but be excited.

"Coach Chizik demanded everyone look him in the eyes and he said, 'I promise you, all you guys coming back, there will be better days here at Auburn. We're going to get it back the way it was,'" Trott said.

"And we've got a great coaching staff, we've got great things going on here. They're going to get back to where Auburn needs to be. These coaches are going to do it. We have some talent, young talent on this team. We have some depth issues right now that we're experiencing and even more as some players have been getting hurt recently. But this team has a future."

Chizik began the process of rebuilding Auburn's program with last year's recruiting class. In just a couple of months on the job, Chizik and his new staff brought in a Top 20 recruiting class.

They've stepped it up a couple of notches with this year's class, which currently ranks No. 8 nationally with two and a half months to go until Signing Day.

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