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August 9, 2013

Auburn football: Search continues for go-to wide receiver

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

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AUBURN, Ala. — Wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig said every player in his unit has impressed since fall camp began last week.

Auburn receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig said the team isn't any closer to finding the go-to option Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee desire. (File photo)

Auburn receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig said the team isn’t any closer to finding the go-to option Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee desire. (File photo)

Therein lies the problem: With each receiver playing equally well, no one has stepped to the fore to become the Tigers’ unquestioned go-to option, which head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee have repeatedly said needs to emerge.

“I think the guys are so competitive right now, there’s not a lot of separation,” Craig said. “Everybody is playing well. They’re doing the things they’re supposed to do — the little things.”

Of course, Craig joked, the receivers could make it easier on the coaching staff, too.

“We’re just looking for that guy to go out there in practice and make five people miss and score a touchdown,” he said. “Once you get that, you know, ‘OK, that’s the guy.’ That wouldn’t be bad.”

Until that happens, Craig is at least comfortable with the depth of his pass-catching group, especially given their gains this summer.

“I thought they worked hard, they got in excellent condition. All the guys got stronger,” he said. “They’re being physical. They’re learning how to play without the ball in their hand. The only other thing is experience. You can only get that by playing. That’s what they lack right now.”

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