Jason Caldwell

Auburn Freshmen Defensive Backs Earn Praise

A trio of Auburn freshman defensive backs won praise for their performance in their college debut game.

A trio of relatively late additions to Auburn’s 2015 signee class were busy in the football season opener, something that is expected to continue throughout the season.

Cornerbacks  Jeremiah Dinson  and Javaris Davis  along with safety/nickel Tim Irvin  each received substantial playing time in the season-opening victory over Louisville.

“I am really proud of them going into that environment,” said Auburn’s new defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp.

“They got welcomed very quickly to Auburn in Tiger Walk and going into the stadium,” the coach pointed out. “It was interesting to see their faces walking out of that and understanding what it’s about and being in that environment in that type of game against a good offensive football team.

“I am extremely pleased with those young men,” Muschamp said. “They all played upwards of 20, 25, 30 snaps in the game and they were productive players.

“Would we have liked to have had a couple plays back here and there? Certainly. There’s nobody who has played in their first college football game who wouldn’t want to have one or two snaps back so when you walk out feeling that good about it, and also how they progressed in Sunday night’s practice and Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday’s practice. I’m sure they’ll get better again tomorrow.

“They all are very willing participants as far as learning and practicing hard, and doing the things you have to do to be a good football player.,” Muschamp added. “As long as you have those characteristics, we can work with you. And they have the ability that God’s blessed them with.”

Irvin flipped his commitment from Texas to Auburn and enrolled at AU in January after Muschamp was hired as defensive coordinator. Muschamp and his secondary coach, Travaris Robinson, made Dinson and Davis priority recruits and convinced the Floridians to sign with the Tigers in February.

Muschamp noted that he likes the confidence he has seen from the freshmen. “It’s helped that they’ve earned the confidence,” he said. “To be a defensive back in this league you’ve got to have confidence and some ability to believe in yourself. It’s part of being a good player, having some confidence in your abilities, and certainly all three do.

“Having the confidence of the coaching staff and the situations we put them in against good players in practice every day also gives them great confidence,” said Muschamp, who will get to see the trio in action again this Saturday when the Tigers play host to Jacksonville State. Kickoff time is set for around 11 a.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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