(Eds: Updates with new lead, quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Sammie Coates went to work on himself during the offseason.
The star receiver for No. 2 Auburn had a self-improvement checklist that included being more focused and team-oriented and getting better at going across the middle. And that was just the football stuff.
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January 01, 2014
Sophomore wide receiver Sammie Coates has become a big-play threat for the Auburn offense.
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall fooled TV cameras on his 38-yard play-action touchdown pass to Sammie Coates in the SEC Championship Game.
Talk about a do or die situation! Late in the game; just a couple minutes on the clock; and too much ground to cover. I am sure that I'm not the only guy that thought Auburn was crazy to be running the ball time and time again with such little time on the clock, but than with 40 seconds left Nick Marshall passed to Sammie Coates and this happened:From Bleacher ReportIt's...
Nick Marshall connected with Sammie Coates for a 39 yard touchdown pass to tie up the game between Alabama and Auburn.
This came not long after Alabama connected on a 99-yard touchdown pass.
Needless to say this game has met expectations and then some.
Auburn receiver Sammie Coates offers his perspective on the 73-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis on 4th and 18.
Auburn's passing game is last in the league in attempts, but Coach Rhett Lashlee and receiver Sammie Coates know the time is coming when the Tigers will need to throw again.
Auburn WR Sammie Coates went beast mode on the Aggies De’Vante Harris, so of course A. Isaac nabbed it.
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Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates talks about the play of the receivers so far in preseason camp, his improvement, freshmen standouts, and more.
Comebacks are never easy. Whether its a boxer after aknockout or a pitcher working his way up from surgery, the road back can be rough.
College football comebacks areespecially difficult because rarely is a team only one player or one coach awayfrom redemption. The pieces are more intricate and interwoven than that.Replacing one part is almost never enough.
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