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May 23, 2013

Going wide for No. 14 in the countdown

Jaylon Denson, Jonathan Jones

Just a quick recap of what this countdown is. Over the next few weeks, we will take a look at our choices for the 25 people who will have a short-term and a long-term effect on the rebuilding of the Auburn football program.

14) Jaylon Denson, sophomore, wide receiver

Aaron Brenner

Pointed this out the week leading up to signing day: Denson’s one catch was the only one in 2012 by a receiver taller than 6-foot-2. Unless Tony Stevens comes right in and shows the group what’s what – and hey, he might (he’s a prized recruit) – Denson’s got to step his game up. Fortunately, the coaches love him. Rhett Lashlee considered him the most consistent receiver during spring.

Most of Denson’s value will be directly tied to his quarterback’s ability to get him the football in space. But Denson can help whomever that might be by a) running crisp routes, and b) showing sticky hands when his number’s called and the ball’s thrown on target. That was a problem area with Sammie Coates last year; Denson must improve the deep passing game.

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