Auburn, Ala.--It’s hard to imagine anyone on the Auburn roster happier than Terrell Zachery last year during bowl practices leading up to the game against Clemson.
Ineligible for the regular season and one of many receivers unhappy with their production, Zachery says the game not only brought about a chance for him to play but also a breath of fresh air offensively.
“I knew it was going to take time to show the coaches because of being ineligible last year,” Zachery says. “Once that was taken care of everything was okay...it has been a long wait but it is probably paying off.
“It has been real good,” Zachery says of the new offense. “When (former offensive coordinator Al) Borges was here I wasn’t too happy with it because the receivers weren’t getting too many balls. Now it’s wide open. You never know who is going to get it. It’s going to be good.”
Part of a receiving corps that was criticized for a lack of playmakers last season, Zachery has been a strong part of a group that has shown a great deal of improvement throughout the spring and into the preseason. Zachery says much of their focus and fire has come from people doubting their ability to run Tony Franklin’s offense.
“We take it every day and try to go out and do the best we can,” Zachery says. “Every day you see somebody making a deep ball catch. It’s looking pretty good.”
Working behind Robert Dunn at the inside H wide receiver position, Zachery got his first collegiate career action in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and carried that momentum over into spring practice where he performed well. Now in line for plenty of playing time in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, Zachery says he’s not getting carried away just yet.
“I just wanted to start off where I left off,” says Zachery. “I wanted to show the coaches what I could do this spring and I think I did a pretty good job of it. I just have to stay on track.”
Terrell Zachery runs after making a catch in a preseason practice.
Zachery put up huge numbers in high school at Wadley and finished there as the leading receiver in Alabama high school history with 4,672 and 53 touchdowns on 190 receptions. However, heading into his sophomore season he is still without a single reception for the Tigers, something that is expected to change soon.
“I’m just ready to get this first game out of the way,” Zachery says. “I’m more excited about just winning. I would rather not go out and have personal goals. As long as the team wins that’s my main thing.”
Zachery's Tigers continue their preparations for their August 30th home opener vs. Louisiana-Monroe that will kick off at 6 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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