July 15, 2014
Sammie Coates is on the move for Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- The guy who finished third in the nation in yards per catch last season is receiving notice another big season is expected of him in 2014.
Auburn's Sammie Coates was named to the watch list Tuesday for the Biletnikoff Award Award, which goes to the nation's top receiver. Coates caught a team-best 42 passes for 902 yards and seven touchdowns last season, averaging a whopping 21.5 yards per catch.
The opportunity is there for more. The talk during spring practice was Auburn was passing more, and will get a chance to show that off again when fall practice begins in a few weeks.
Coates was also named a nominee Tuesday for the national AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players for charitable involvement and community service.
Coates and teammate Nick Marshall are also on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation's top player.
Kris Frost appeared on the watch list Monday for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's top linebacker. He had 59 tackles last season, including six for a loss.
It's been a busy watch list preseason for Auburn. Coates and Marshall have received notice, but not like center Reese Dismukes, who is on the watch lists for the Lombardi, Outland and Rimington awards. Defensive lineman Gabe Wright is on the watch list for the Outland and the Bronco Nagurski. Guard Alex Kozan is also up for the Outland. C.J. Uzomah is on the watch list for the Mackey Award, which goes to the s top tight end. Robenson Therezie is on the watch list for Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: