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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30, 2006, 3:09 P.M.

Bonus coverage

COUGARS

Here is an Associated Press notebook from Auburn.

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. - Rodgeriqus Smith walked up to fellow Auburn receiver Courtney Taylor before fall camp bursting with confidence.

"Man, I'm going to start," he pronounced.

It was a bold statement for a walk-on who had to audition just to make the team two years ago. But true to his word, Smith is a starting receiver going into the fourth-ranked Tigers' opener against Washington State.




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