May 27, 2014
Trovon Reed says he expects to put on a show at cornerback as an Auburn senior
By Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. – As one season became another and Trovon Reed’s dreams faded, he wondered if he’d made the right decision when he announced November of 2009 that he would leave Thibodeaux, La., and play football at Auburn.
“I was like, ‘man, maybe Auburn’s not for me,’” Reed says. “I prayed about it. At the end of the day, I realized Auburn is for me. I’m an Auburn man. I want to graduate from Auburn and I want to be drafted from Auburn.”
A 5-star prospect, Reed had played quarterback and cornerback at Thibodeaux High School. He’d been recruited by schools from coast to coast. Some wanted him to play cornerback. He went to Auburn to play wide receiver, but it was a rough ride from the start.
What would have been Reed’s true freshman season was lost to injuries. He missed three games as a redshirt freshman season with a broken collarbone. He was a reserve as sophomore and a junior.
Two weeks after last season, Reed agreed to move to cornerback. He took to it quickly and was one of the standouts of spring practice.
Reed, listed at 6-feet and 190 pounds, has one more season to achieve the immense promise that was his when he signed with Auburn. And he is convinced he is going to do it.
“People who have forgotten about Trovon are going to hear my name,” Reed says. “I’m going to be back. I really and truly in my heart think I’m going to win the Thorpe Award. I think I have an advantage, having been a receiver. I know what they want to do. I’m not getting a cocky kid. It’s straight confidence. I want 10 interceptions and I want that Thorpe Award.”
Junior wide receiver Sammie Coates says it can happen. He saw a cornerback last spring with the skills to do big things.
"He is a real quick guy and has good footwork,” Coates says. “It's going to be amazing when he learns all the defense to see what he can do."
Within two weeks of working with cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith, Reed says, he felt at home at his new position.
“I played this all through high school, so I’m kind of used to it,” Reed says. “I’m expecting big things from myself, and I’m expecting to give the crowd a show. I’m getting coached by Coach Smith, and he’s the greatest cornerbacks coach alive. It’s all falling into place.
“I’m a small receiver, but I’m a big corner. I looked at the guys that went in the first round. None of them were six feet. None of them played receiver before. I’ve got the ball skills. I’ve got the height. It’s on me, really.”
Reed has experienced the full spectrum of college football. He has a national championship ring and two SEC championship rings. He was there when the Tigers beat Oregon in the 2010 BCS Championship Game and when they went 3-9 in 2012. He celebrated an SEC championship last season. He felt the numbing disappointment when Florida State scored with 13 seconds left and the chance to win another national championship slipped away.
“I’ve seen it all,” Reed says. “I’ve seen us at our highest and I’ve seen us at our lowest, but I will say this: Before I leave here, we are going to be back at our highest. I really and truly believe the ring is coming to us next year.”
Reed knows better than most what it takes. Though he wasn’t playing, he felt he was a part of the 14-0 season that took to the top in 2010.
“I would say this team is more talented than we had back then,” Reed says. “The difference between that team and last season’s team is they got the job done. We’ve got unfinished business. They handled their business and left on top.
“We can pat ourselves on the back all we want, but we’re not on top. I’m not going to be comfortable until we are. When I’m an old man, I want to say that my first and last year in college I won the national championship.”
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: