Davis And AU Defense Preparing for Big Test

Cornerback Chris Davis talks about returning to action and his improved football team as Auburn prepares to take on Texas A&M.

Auburn, Ala.--Chris Davis and the rest of his defensive teammates will face perhaps their toughest test of the season on Saturday during Auburn's first-ever appearance at Kyle Field in College Station, Tex.

Awaiting Davis and the Tigers will be the high-scoring Texas A&M?offense led by 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Davis notes that he is impressed with the sophomore quarterback, calling Manziel "the most exciting player in college football right now."

The Aggies are leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring and total offense with averages of 47.8 points and 586.5 yards per contest.

No team has been able to keep the Aggies from putting up big offensive numbers this season and Coach Gus Malzahn's players realize that, Davis points out.

"Malzahn always says, have a next-play mentality," the senior cornerback notes. "Each and every game you are going to give up a play, and it just depends on how you come back the next play, how you regroup yourself.

"We're going to face some obstacles this game, but it's going to define us how well we come back and how we face those obstacles," adds Davis, who has been on a comeback path himself.

After going down with an ankle sprain in game two playing cornerback, he missed the next two contests before returning to the starting lineup for Auburn's victory over Ole Miss.

This week as the Tigers take on the seventh-ranked Aggies the senior is expected to resume his duties as a punt returner. It is an assignment that Davis embraces.

"I think that takes my game to a whole another level," says Davis, who was a big-play threat with the football as a high school star. "I think that picks my game up on defense," he contends. "I love to have the ball in my hands so I think that is a good thing."

Chris Davis is considered a pro prospect at cornerback.

Both the 24th-ranked Tigers and the Aggies bring 5-1 records into the game that will kick off shortly after 2:30 p.m. CDT with TV coverage by CBS.

Last year after six games the Tigers were a shocking 1-5. When the Tigers played the Aggies they had lost four in a row and were outscored 63-21 by Texas A&M to drop their record to 1-7.

Davis credits Auburn's first-year head coach with leading the turnaround this season. "We're trying to improve every week," says Davis, who has served as his team's defensive captain in five of the first six contests. The only game Davis didn't handle that assignment was in Auburn's only loss of the season when Davis stayed behind for rehab on his ankle while his teammates fell at LSU.

"Malzahn's doing a good job, him and his staff, with the game planning and we just go out and try to execute," Davis says.

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