AUBURN, Ala. — It might come as a surprise to you that redshirt freshman Darius Slayton has played the most offensive snaps out of all wide receivers.
With only 3 catches for 55 yards, Slayton brings an element to the field that goes beyond the box score. His noted perimeter blocking ability clearly appeals to the coaching staff. That’s not to say he hasn’t brought some offensive production. His 55 yards receiving against Arkansas State were second most on the team in that contest.
With LSU approaching, Slayton — much like everyone else at Auburn — wants to make up for last season’s 45-21 dismantling.
Here’s what he had to say leading up the game.
Marcus Davis said you’re probably the best blocking wide receiver. Do you agree with that assessment?
“I probably would. I try to do my job to the best of my ability. If that’s blocking, you know, I’m happy he gave me that title. You know, Marcus thinks of himself as the best too. But it’s all good and fun in competition.”
It’s been a rough week for fan backlash. Where do you think the team stands in their mind?
“Nobody likes to lose. Obviously these two losses, they stung. We could’ve played better. We could’ve done some things better. Ultimately, I feel like we’re still in a really good spot. We’re on a good path. I feel like these two losses could potentially fuel us going into the future. So I’m really just excited to get ready to work this week and be ready to play LSU.”
How motivated are you guys to play LSU after last year’s meltdown?
“You know, it’s going to be fun. It’s a major SEC matchup. Year in and year out, they’re a really good team. I’m really looking forward to it. I didn’t get the chance to play them last year, so this will be my first time ever playing against them. I’m just looking forward to the challenge.”
What was the redshirt season like for you in 2015?
“I think it did help me develop everything, but I hate to lose so just being redshirted last year, knowing that I wasn’t going to get a chance to help my team win, it stung. You feel helpless, like you can’t help your team benefit in any way. I definitely feel like the year helped me develop physically and mentally prepare myself for the games, so I’m grateful.”
Since he recruited you, what do you remember most from former Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig?
“He was a very emotional leader. Like if somebody was going through something or had a problem or something, I feel like he did a really good job of just helping us stay focused on football and school and keep you here and not focus on things going on outside you or possibly back home or something.”