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Quan Bray says future is bright for receivers at Auburn
Dec. 22, 2014

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Quan Bray hauls in one of his four touchdown catches this season

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Quan Bray isn't ready to turn the page. Not yet. He still has one more game to play for Auburn, that being the Outback Bowl against Wisconsin on Jan. 1, and he'll be working hard as a wide receiver and one of the nation's top punt returner that day.
But the transition to a new group of receivers began, at least it did for a few days at practice last week, and here's why: 

The top three receivers on Auburn's stat sheet are either a senior, that's Bray, is headed to the NFL early, that's Sammie Coates, or could be, that's Duke Williams.
Enter Tony Stevens, Marcus Davis, Myron Burton, etc. They, as all of Auburn's young players did, got a good look-see in the early stages of bowl practice last week before the team broke for Christmas on Sunday. 

"I've seen a lot out of those guys," Bray said. "They always have more things they have to work on, but those guys are going to be the bright future for this program and I can't wait to see it."

Williams is the leader with 45 catches for 730 yards. Bray is second on the team in receptions with 34 catches for 408 yards. Coates is third 30 catches for 717 yards. Next is junior Ricardo Louis, followed by senior running back Cameron Artis-Payne, followed by Davis, senior tight end C.J. Uzomah and senior running back Corey Grant.

Here's Bray's breakdown of those coming back:

"Marcus Davis has been here and been playing. They came in at the same time, but Marcus has a little experience playing in some games and made some big-time catches when we need it. As far as Tony and Myron, those guys haven't been thrown into that fire yet and I'm sure once their time comes, they'll be up to the task."

Davis has 11 catches for 81 yards.

"Coach Malzahn, like last year, said he kind of reminds me of you when you first came in," Bray said. "Sometimes I can see that because Marcus is always coming up to me and asking me questions. Marcus is a real smart guy and it shows on the field. He's not that big, but you don't have to be that big to make an impact on the field."

That's the receivers. The defenders are trying to make a statement as well, now trying to impress new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, whose role in bowl practice is to watch and evaluate. Bray said they're trying to show off for jobs next season.

"Those guys know that they really are getting evaluated right now," Bray said. "Those guys want to make a good impression early so it won't be hard for them later on. They already know that they're the type of ballplayers they already are."

It all adds up, Bray hopes, for a win in Tampa.

"It's real important because I'm a true Auburn man," he said. "I've been here 3½ years, going on four years and I'm loving it. Just to get that ninth win is going to be real big because I think we have 20-something wins within two years. It's going to be real fun to get this ninth win."

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

 

 

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