Reed Honors Teammate With His First TD

Trovon Reed

Auburn wide receiver Trovon Reed wore number 37 to honor former teammate Ladarious Phillips and in the process scored his first touchdown as a Tiger.

Auburn, Ala.—Homcoming 2012 was a special day for Auburn sophomore wide receiver Trovon Reed. Not only did he catch his first career touchdown pass, but he did it wearing number 37 as he decided to honor his good friend and former teammate Ladarious Phillips, who lost his life in a shooting over the summer.

Reed said it was only fitting that Saturday was the day he scored his first college touchdown and the Tigers had their highest point total of the season.

"The whole team had been telling me that if I was going to wear that number I needed to represent it like DaDa would," Reed said. "When I caught the ball I saw the pylon and I was determined to get in there no matter what.

"It was big," he added. "I did it for his family, for his daughter, for him. He was one of my best friends here.

"The year we won the championship we were both injured," Reed pointed out. "We spent a lot of time together in recovery so wearing his number was big. Coach (Gen) Chizik told me all week the jersey might be too big for me, but I didn't care if it came to my ankles I was still going to wear it for him."

Catching a 40-yard strike from freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace where he used his explosive running ability to get into the end zone, Reed's touchdown finished the scoring for the offense in a 42-7 victory vs. New Mexico State.

After celebrating with his teammates on the field Reed ran towards the Auburn sidelines where he was mobbed by dozens of teammates. One of the more respected players on the field for his work ethic and team attitude, Reed said it was great to get that kind of response from the rest of the guys.

"It has been a while," he said. "It has been three years since I got across that plane. That was one of my goals was just to get in there and get myself going before I lose confidence. To do it with that jersey on and at that time while the offense was clicking, it felt great. My teammates honored me and I love those guys."

The touchdown finished a solid day for the offense as the Tigers produced 475 total yards, including 311 on the ground. Completing 9-16 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown with one interception, Wallace overcame a shaky start to guide the offense to five touchdowns. Reed said when you get on the field with the young quarterback it's easy to forget that he's still just a freshman.

"Jonathan Wallace is a leader," Reed said. "He's a big leader. We all follow his lead. When he's positive then we're positive. Everything was flowing our way. We practiced hard all week and we executed out there."

Now getting ready to face the 8-1 Georgia Bulldogs, Auburn will need even more production from its offense to get a win this Saturday night. Reed said that just getting some confidence should go a long way towards another good performance offensively.

"It was real fun," Reed said of earning a win. "We're always one or two plays from winning the big one. We executed all those plays. We went back and executed everything we had messed up on, and it showed."

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