AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn receivers coach Dameyune Craig set a goal for his players a year ago: Be the nation's best group in 2014.
The sixth-ranked Tigers should at least have a more dangerous receiving corps this season with top junior college prospect D'haquille Williams joining speedy deep threat Sammie Coates and Ricardo Louis.
Craig says he planted a seed in their heads when the season started last year.
It's been awhile since Auburn receivers have gotten much preseason buzz. The Tigers haven't had a wide receiver picked in the NFL draft since Courtney Taylor was a sixth-rounder in 2007.
The combination of Williams and Coates and quarterback Nick Marshall's offseason work on improving his passing creates more potential matchup headaches for opposing defenses. The Tigers open Aug. 30 against Arkansas.