March 25, 2008

Franklin sees potential in AU's wideouts

After toiling in the shadows of a run-first offense for a number of years, Auburn's wide receivers are being pushed to the forefront in Tony Franklin's spread offense.

Through 10 practices this spring, Franklin sees plenty of potential in AU's receiving corps. But he also sees lots of room for improvement.

"They're not good yet, but they're talented enough to be good," said Franklin. "If we keep coaching and doing a great job of improving their skills, they're talented enough to be as good as any group you'll see."

Auburn returns starting wide receivers Rod Smith and Montez Billings from last season, but it's sophomore Terrell Zachery, who didn't register a catch his first two season on the Plains, that's stepping up this spring.

Zachery is the team's leading receiver through two scrimmages with 13 catches for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

"I think (Zachery) is getting more confident," said Franklin. "He now knows that he's made plays, and we expect him to make plays.

"You hope other guys step up the way he has."

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