Auburn looks for go-to receiver

By: Sara Hodges Email
By: Sara Hodges Email

* Auburn Media Releations*

AUBURN, Ala. -- J.D. McKissic was a redshirt freshman when Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee determined he could be their go-to receiver.

Good choice. McKissic went from zero career catches to 103 receptions at Arkansas State last season, and that brings Malzahn, now the head coach at Auburn, and Lashlee, his offensive coordinator, to this question:

Who's next?

Auburn will open fall camp Friday with plenty of stats available to the most able.

The Tigers are looking for a replacement for steady Emory Blake, who led the team in receptions for two straight years, including 50 catches last season. The leading wide or slot receiver returning is>Quan Bray, who had 14 catches.

"It may be a deal where there's a no-doubt go-to guy," Lashlee says, "but you want more than one guy making plays."

Malzahn's offense has a reputation of taking a freshman, or the overlooked returnee, and made him a standout receiver. Remember Darvin Adams at Auburn? He went from three catches in 2008 without Malzahn to 60 catches with him in 2009.

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