Auburn wide receivers / assistant head coach Trooper Taylor has lost three important wide receivers from last season’s national championship team. Terrell Zachary, Kodi Burns, and Darvin Adams are all gone.
So what is Trooper’s message to his group this Spring practice?
“I tell them, ‘Players graduate, but tradition never graduates.’ For us, we are going to play with a hard edge. That means we are going to catch the football, block the perimeter, and play fast.”
Trooper also thinks the younger players learned a great deal from the veteran group from last season.
“It’s hard to do something great if you’ve never seen great, but to see the guys win all their games last year, and to see the tempo and work habits these guys had, it’s been a positive influence on the guys.”
Auburn will start their second week of Spring practice this week. Gene Chizik wants to continue to stress physical football.
Chizik said on Saturday, "The emphasis on today's practice was the physicality, being the first day in pads, and running the ball, stopping the run, being physical at the point of attack on both sides of the ball. We did enough to at least get some initial evaluations on some of these young guys."
In the meantime, Auburn has released a great new video today marketing their "Auburn Family, All In" mantra.