February 18, 2008

New look for Auburn's wide receivers

There will be a different look on offense for Auburn's coaching staff when spring practice gets underway Feb. 28.

With AU going to a spread offense that often employs four or five wide receivers on the field at one time, the coaching duties at the wide receiver position will be divided.

Greg Knox will now coach the outside receivers while Steve Ensminger will work with the inside receivers, including the tight ends.

Knox, who has coached AU's receivers for the past nine years, returns a veteran group at his position. They got a crash course in the new offense during bowl practice and they'll learn the finer points this spring.

"Going into this spring I think everybody is going to be paying attention to the details of this offense," said Knox. "There's going to be a lot of techniques, a lot of details we're going to have to concentrate on. We'll do a lot of drill work to get the fine points of the new offense down."

Returning as the starter at the 'X' receiver position is senior Rod Smith who led Auburn with 52 receptions for 705 yards and five touchdowns.

"Rod is a solid performer and does well with the ball in his hands," said Knox. "He's come up with some big catches throughout his career here. We really feel good about him and hopefully he'll have a great senior season in this offense."

In addition to being AU's go-to receiver, Smith will be counted on as one of the team's leaders this season.

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