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AUBURN — The most experienced receiver on Auburn's football team arrived on campus after preseason practices had begun. It had been a whirlwind two months: Demetris Robertson entered the transfer portal June 13 and committed to the Tigers on July 8.

Despite the late start, he quickly ascended Bryan Harsin's depth chart and started in the season opener against Akron last Saturday.

Robertson spoke to Auburn media for the first time since joining the team Tuesday, explaining why he transferred from Georgia and why he chose Auburn.

"Coach Harsin, mostly," he said. "When I got to meet him, he's really a great, great person; he aligns with my values and how I am as a person. But also on the field, he's a great coach, and he's there to push you and make you a better person and athlete.

"The reason why I transferred from Georgia was to capitalize on my opportunities and just put my opportunity in my hands. Trying to play for a program where it fits me best."

Robertson, a senior whose first of three catches Saturday was the 100th of his career, was once the No. 1 receiver recruit in the country. He came out of the 2016 class and played first at Cal, where he had a stellar freshman season. Then he transferred to Georgia, where his role was diminished throughout three years playing for Kirby Smart.

Robertson had a 7-yard carry against Akron as well. His four touches were the most he has had in a game since the 2020 season opener. Still, on an Auburn team whose returning receivers had a combined 23 career receptions, Robertson's experience is valuable. He said Tuesday that he has noticed differences between the pro-style systems of the SEC and the spread offense at Cal.

"My role on the team is to be a leader for the younger guys," he said. "To be consistent and show them the ropes of how to practice and how to play in games. I feel like this group will shock a lot of people as this season goes along."

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This article originally ran on annistonstar.com.

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