August 15, 2006

Big battle brewing for No. 2 tight end spot

At the end of spring practice, Tommy Trott was riding high.

The redshirt freshman tight end enjoyed one of the best springs any Auburn player has had in recent memory. He caught seemingly every pass thrown his way, proved himself to be a willing and able blocker and staked a claim to the No. 2 tight end job behind starter Cole Bennett.

That was then. This is now.

Trott hasn't followed up his outstanding spring with a dream preseason. At times, it's been closer to a nightmare. And he's the first to admit it.

"I'll be the first to say I had a little slump," Trott said Tuesday. "It's one I haven't had since my junior year. I was dropping balls left and right.

"Today I had a better day. I'm trying to get more confidence back in my hands. I'm back catching the ball with my hands and not my body."

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