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“It’s Trovon Reed’s Time”

By on April 2nd, 2013 in Football 8 Comments »

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.”


  1. Derrick Roberts Derrick Roberts says:

    Excellent stuff. I believe there are many more on this team whose “time” has come. Reed really needs to contribute in a big way. He’s such a hybrid guy. He could make a big difference in this offense if he plays to his potential.

  2. Deep Blue Deep Blue says:

    It is Trovon. You guys need to start playing editor to each other to catch these kinds of things.

  3. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    Trovon – Trovan ? It was still a good story. Enjoyed it very much. I hope he really has a great year this year and next for the Tigers!

  4. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    So far all I see is over rated…. its time these kids earned their keep. All the big name players AU grabbed under Chizik or Malzahn…. barring 2010 season… its hard to get excited about losing to your rivals with point spreads of 20-30 + points. Fix the mind set at AU and compete. Malzahn does that… with these coddled players…. i will be happy.


  5. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good read ATM. Trovon has 2 years left I believe, plenty of time to have an impact if he can stay healthy. Some guys just seem to be injury prone. I hope he has seen the last of being on the injured list.

  6. buddy Ro shaka4244 says:

    Question… do we really feel we’re deep at DL? Deep with what? I don’t see 2-deep proven talent. This group was dreadful last season.

    I guess I would consider Angelo Blackson and Dee Ford the best proven players of this bunch and they still have been hampered by durability. This was the 1 unit (with Lemonier) that I thought was going to be nasty last year… Whitaker was all excited to have lost a bunch of weight, Nosa Eguae gained too much and was a non factor, … the plays being made by this group were few. I guess the 2 biggest surprises were Lemonier and Whitaker. I thought those guys would lead the unit on and off the field and they just bombed for me.

    I don’t see a proven 2-deep at all on the DL… and I hope we’re not waiting for our incoming FR to take over. I have NO IDEA what to expect from this group that should be once again considered a tough and veteran unit relative to the rest of the team.

    DT Gabe Wright
    DT Jeff Whitaker
    DT Ken Carter
    DT Angelo Blackson

    DE Nosa Eguae
    DE Dee Ford
    DE Justin Delaine
    DE Craig Sanders
    DT Tyler Nero
    DT JaBrian Niles
    DE Gimel President
    DE Keymiya Harrell

    DT JUCO Ben Bradley

    DE Carl Lawson
    DE Elijah Daniel
    DT Montravious Adams

    Who do you think proves they can lead this unit in the offseason?