Auburn notebook: Trovon Reed's 'winning football'

Sep 3, 2013

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Trovon Reed, with a catch here last year, impressed coaches without one Saturday (Todd Van Emst photo)

AUBURN, Ala. — Receiver Trovon Reed didn't make a catch, but he impressed offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee with his play. 

"When you turn on that film, I was more proud of Trovon Reed," Lashlee said. "He busted his tail, did all the things you want a guy to do. On Corey Grant's long run, he is stride for stride with him cutting off the safety. Those are the things that we notice as coaches that we point out to them in the film room. This is the way you play without the ball; this is what winning football is."
-- Charles Goldberg 

Dee Ford, Jeff Whitaker on the mend

Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said he hopes to get defensive end Dee Ford back "in a couple of weeks" from a knee injury. He said he hopes defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker could return a few weeks after that from a leg issue. 

"If we can get them all back healthy again, I think it'll be a really strongpoint," he said.
-- Charles Goldberg 

Tre Mason recognized nationally 

A 100-yard kickoff return Saturday earned Tre Mason a national honor Monday. He was recognized as one of seven winners as Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. 

Mason was one of four Tigers mentioned by the organization. Corey Grant, who ran for a career-high 146 yards, was named honorable mention at running back; Cody Parkey, who kicked three field goals, won honorable mention honors as the specialist performer of the week; and Robenson Therezie, who had two interceptions, was named honorable mention as the defensive back of the week.

Therezie was also named the SEC defensive player of the week Monday. That story is here.
-- Charles Goldberg

Justin Garrett's injury 'sort of a strange thing' 

Justin Garrett, the star of Ellis Johnson's hybrid Star safety position during spring practice, didn't play in Auburn's 31-24 win over Washington State because his on-again, off-again sore foot was off again. 

"We were disappointed. We weren't totally surprised," Johnson said Monday. "His foot has been just sort of a strange thing. It'll feel good one day and all of the sudden you turn on it the wrong way and the strain on it comes back in. If we had to play him, we could have. But he wasn't full speed, probably mentally or physically." 

So in stepped Robenson Therezie, who intercepted two passes, had a career-high seven tackles and was named the SEC's defensive player of the week for his troubles. 

"We just felt like Robenson was playing really well," Johnson said. "The only problem is he probably had to play too many snaps. He was on every coverage team and special teams and played every defensive snap almost to the end of the fourth quarter."
-- Charles Goldberg

First start for LaDarius Owens 

Junior LaDarius Owens came to Auburn as a linebacker, moved to defensive end, back to linebacker and finally back to defensive end again. In Saturday’s 31-24 victory over Washington State, he got his first start. 

"It was really great,” Owens said. "Once I made the move back to d-end during camp, I just took it in stride and hoped for the best. I never would have thought it would have ended up with me starting the first game. I just took that as a blessing and ran with it. Now I’m just looking forward to improving and having more starts in the future."
-- Phillip Marshall 

DL coach Rodney Garner hard to please

LaDarius Owens said defensive line coach Rodney Garner was pleased with the effort he saw Saturday, but he also had plenty to criticize. 

"He said we played pretty well but there was room for improvement," Owens said. "He is very critical of little things such as steps and playing on the edges of offensive linemen and things like that. You have to take the criticism in a positive way and get better."
-- Phillip Marshall 

Uzomah: Nick Marshall showed confidence in first start 

Junior tight end C.J. Uzomah said quarterback Nick Marshall was cool and confident in his first Auburn last Saturday against Washington State. 

"I thought he did really well for his first start," Uzomah said. "I think the crowd saw and everybody saw what he can do with his feet. As a team, we are confident in him. I think that first win definitely gives him a lot of confidence."
-- Phillip Marshall 

Still in transition... 

Former quarterback Kiehl Frazier didn't play in the opener. He's still learning how to play safety. 

"Kiehl's problem is he's probably leveled off on the learning curve. It went well for the first two or three days," Johnson said. "Right now, he's not comfortable where to line up and what to do. It's not  a physical issue. 

"Hopefully, another week of practice that light will turn on and he'll get better."
-- Charles Goldberg

Video: LaDarius Owens talks defense