He says that energized him in the offseason heading into spring practice.
"It was hard to sit out last year and watch those guys battle," Zachery tells Inside of the Auburn Tigers. "This year I just feel like I have something to prove."
That has been the attitude of Zachery through 10 of 15 spring practices and the results have been outstanding for the Wadley native. Auburn's leading receiver in the first spring scrimmage with nine receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown, Zachery continued his impressive play in the second scrimmage of the spring.
Tied for third on the team with four catches, Zachery had 46 yards through the air and added two touchdowns. A player who is familiar with catching the ball as he left Wadley as the state's all-time leading high school receiver, Zachery says that right now things are clicking with the offense and he's having fun.
"I just keep finding a way to get open and the quarterback keeps finding me," Zachery says. "It's building my confidence a lot. I'm kind of at a loss for words. It feels good coming out and showing the coaches I can play."
Playing in the spread offense of Tony Franklin, Zachery and the Auburn receivers are going to be used a great deal more than they have at any time in Coach Tommy Tuberville's Era and maybe more than any since the days of Pat Sullivan to Terry Beasley. Zachery says that as a wide receiver it's exciting to think about the possibilities of the new offense after seeing it in action.
"I was excited when he came in" Zachery says. "I love the spread offense. We didn't run it in high school, but I have seen it before. I know every receiver is going to get a chance. Inside guys are going to get the ball a lot so that makes it fun."
While he's performed well in spring practice, Zachery has a lot of work to do if he hopes to continue his play into the 2008 season. A good athlete who excels in yards after the catch, Zachery notes that he's looking to improve as much as he can between now and the end of the spring and become a go-to guy for the Tigers.
"I still feel like I have a long way to go," Zachery says. "I made a lot of mistakes in both scrimmages. I have plenty of work to do."
The Tigers will return to the practice field on Tuesday following their spring break. Auburn's annual spring football game is set for Saturday, March 29th at 1 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.