Hugh Freeze is looking for the next ‘alpha’ in his receiving group to step up

Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze has shared his desire to build an improved quarterback room over spring practice and summer workouts. One way to do that is by making sure that the winning quarterback has plenty of talent on the receiving end of his passes.

The receiving corps is another area that Freeze addressed early on in his first spring practice as the Tigers’ head coach. Freeze feels that he has the talent to make his quarterbacks successful, but he is looking for that one receiver to step up and take on the “leader of the pack” role.

In his years at Ole Miss, Freeze had the likes of D.K. Metcalf, Laquon Treadwell, and A.J. Brown grace his roster, thus making his passing game one of the best in the nation. Freeze says that he hopes to find that type of talent and leadership within his current group of receivers.

“We always felt like we had a good matchup or two that in our system if they got the right look on their field that they had the capability of winning that one-on-one battle,” Freeze said of his receivers at Ole Miss. “We’ve got to get to that point (at Auburn). Are we there yet? I don’t know. But we certainly have to get there.”

There are certainly many athletes that could be that “alpha” on this year’s roster. Koy Moore, Camden brown, Landen King, and Ja'Varrius Johnson return from last season’s roster, and Auburn has added Cincinnati transfer Nick Mardner into the mix as well.

Auburn will continue spring practice on select dates throughout March and will conclude matters during the annual A-Day game on April 8.

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