Sammie Coates makes a play to be Auburn's go-to receiver

Sept. 11, 2013

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Auburn's Sammie Coates shows the way to a 68-yard touchdown against Arkansas State (Todd Van Emst photo)

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Sammie Coates has served notice he wants to be Auburn's go-to receiver, and did it with a 68-yard touchdown catch last week. 

He'll be looking for more when the Tigers meet Mississippi State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

"The fact that he converted that big play the other night definitely helped, and that usually gives people confidence," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday night. "The more plays they make the more confident they get. So we're hoping that that occurs with Sammie." 

Coates leads Auburn with four catches for 112 yards. Following him are receivers Quan Bray and Ricardo Louis and fullback Jay Prosch, with three each; and Jaylon Denson, Trovon Reed, Marcus Davis and Tre Mason with two each. 

Malzahn said he's looking for more consistency from Coates, but "I'd say that would go for all of our receivers." 

Other notes from Wednesday's practice... 

•"I thought we had a solid practice, a big third-down day," Malzahn said. "Our guys were a lot more intense today, even more than they were yesterday." 

•Malzahn said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson is prepared to juggle his lineup to handle the loss of linebacker Kris Frost, who was suspended for the first half of the game for targeting penalty last Saturday. 

"Coach Johnson's got a plan that he feels good about for the first half," Malzahn said. 

Malzahn said backup Anthony Swain has seen more time in practice.

•Injured defensive end Dee Ford and injured Star safety Justin Garrett continue to practice, hoping to make their first appearances this season.

Video: Gus Malzahn after Wednesday's practice...

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