AUBURN, AL -
Gus Malzahn's offense last season revolved around the quarterback and running backs.
We didn't hear too much from the wide receivers, due to their inconsistency, except for one game-changing play against Georgia.
But this season could be different.
"Coach Craig is really working hard to make us become the best receiving corps in the nation," receiver Ricardo Louis said. "We do a lot of drills on and off the field, and times when we don't have practice, we're doing drills."
Auburn returns all but one of its top receivers from last season, and adds two newcomers to the bunch, freshman Stanton Truitt and the top junior college receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams.
"They're outstanding," receiver Tony Stevens said. "Truitt is very fast. He's got speed like Sammie [Coates] and Ricardo Louis. Duke is just a big body," Stevens added. "Just give it to him and he's going to get it. That's what we need in this offense, playmakers."
"There's a lot more competition," Louis said. "We have a lot more experienced receivers out there. That just helps the hole receiving core."
The talent looks to be there for the Tigers. Now the key is for all of them to mesh together.
Quarterback Nick Marshall is taking care of that.
"To have a good season between quarterback and receiver, you have to have a good relationship off the field and on the field," Louis said. "That's what Nick did. He brought us together after class, we'd workout, on a specific route coaches wanted us to."