He was the quintessential high school football star. Every thing he did was almost magical. He was gifted, faster, and more talented than his peers. In fact he was so gifted he didn’t have to work at it – it just came natural.
When he finished his high school career he was rated as the No.1 player in the state. College recruiters from far and wide came calling. Everyone wanted the five star to come to their school; and he had his pick. He could have played anywhere in the country including the big state university in his home state, but on National Signing Day, 2010 … he chose Auburn.
It was a decision that took a lot of courage since he underwent tremendous pressure from his coaches, his community, and the in state media to choose LSU. However, Trovon Reed would not be dissuaded. Auburn was where he wanted to be and Auburn was where he signed
He said a big reason for his decision was Auburn’s Offensive Coordinator. “Coach Malzahn is one of the main reasons why I (chose) Auburn.”
In his first year, Reed looked like the player the coaches thought he would be; reports came out of preseason camp of his wowing both players and coaches alike with his athletic skills. Predictions were that he would play early as a true freshman. Then he injured his knee in practice and just as he seemed to be on the mend … he suffered a broken foot and had to be red shirted.
He worked hard in the off season and started 2011 a much larger (6′, 195lbs.) player. He became the starter out of the slot and wasted no time proving he could be the kind of exciting player that could turn short passes into long gains.
Then in the Florida Atlantic game, Trovon went down hard on a seven yard punt return and broke his shoulder. His back up, freshman Quan Bray took over the job and has held it ever since. Of course anyone that followed Auburn last year knows what a mess of an offense, skill players had to deal with in 2012. So last season was a wash, a year to be forgotten – now, “It’s A New Day.”
And now, that his old OC is back as Head Coach, Trovon will get another chance to show why so many schools coveted his services back in 2010. In the Malzahn/Lashlee offense there will be a need for 5-7 receivers; so there’s plenty of room for Bray, Reed, Sammie Coates, CJ Uzomah, Jaylon Denson, and Ricardo Lewis.
One things for certain, Auburn needs as many play makers as they can get on the field and Trovon Reed can be a play maker. Auburn definitely needs him to have a break out year. And Gus Malzahn expects him to be that player.
Gus said recently, “The good thing about Trovon is he understands our system. He’s been in it, so this is a year that will be very critical for him, I’ve got very high expectations for him. I think it’s (his) time.”
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