Trovon Reed to Auburn: 'I can't let you down...'
Sept. 20, 2014

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Auburn DB Trovon Reed makes the call: No catch for the offense this play

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com
 
AUBURN, Ala.  Trovon Reed figures he can't let Auburn down.
 
The long-time receiver-turned-defensive back is taking advantage of his second career at Auburn, this time as a DB after serving four years on the roster as a wide receiver. He showed he's comfortable with the move, making his second interception in three games Thursday night in helping Auburn beat Kansas State 20-14.
 
Reed says there's still some on-the-job training going on, but that's OK.
 
"When I first got over there, it was like, 'I can't get beat. I can't get beat.' They sat me down and said, 'Sometimes you're going to get beat. You've just got to go to the next play,'" Reed said. "They just kept my head right."
 
Reed said defensive back coach Melvin Smith has helped by showing "confidence in me."
 
"I always tell him, 'If you've got that much confidence in me, then I can't let you down.'"
 
Reed has talked about how he and veteran teammate Quan Bray have enjoyed a renewal in what is their last season as college football players. It's part of what drives Reed now.
 
"A lot of people don't have a story like we have. We’ve got angels over us," Reed said.
 
Reed had 39 catches as an Auburn receiver in a college career that began in 2010 in a redshirt season. Now, has two catches in three games as a defensive back after having nine catches in 14 games as a wide receiver last year.
 
Truth is, said Reed, defensive back is the position he always wanted to play, anyway.
 
"I wanted to play this when I got here," he said after the win over Kansas State. "I had gone to the (prep) All-American game as a corner."
 
But, he added, "there's an ending to every story, and I'm trying to make this one a dream."
 
Reed and Jonathan Jones had Auburn interceptions against Kansas State in a game in which the defense carried the Tigers until the offense caught up.
 
Reed said the defense talked about the possibility of just that before the game.
 
"We told the offense it might be one of those games,” Reed said. "Somebody was going to have to pick somebody up, and we picked them up. Then they went out there and finished the job.”
 
Reed said he was happy to see the defense lead the way.
 
"It’s big-time… we didn’t give them anything, we made them earn it. That’s a great team.”
 
The defensive backs helped control the game, but it was the defensive tackle and ends who were the first line of defense. Kansas State rushed for only 40 yards on 30 carries.
 
Reed says defensive line coach Rodney Garner wouldn't have it any other way.
 
"We’re chilling and the D-line is going full speed. When we get to the game all we have to do is tell them 'let's go.' They already know," Reed said. "I love those guys. I appreciate every one of them. They are going to take us far."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

 

 

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