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Auburn Senior Eager To Take A Leading Role for the Football Tigers

As the Auburn football team heads into its season opener, one of the seniors wants a larger role and his offensive coordinator said that needs to happen.

Auburn, Ala.--Playing a supporting role in the Auburn offense the past three seasons, Marcus Davis is hoping to be a receiving star for the 2016 football season.

“Now that I am a senior I feel it is my time,” Davis told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “Not only do I believe I can make plays, I feel very confident in doing that.

“I am expecting a lot from myself,” the former high school quarterback said. “I am big on taking advantage of opportunities and I feel like throughout my career, whenever the opportunity presented itself, I have been able to make plays.”

His offensive coordinator, Rhett Lashlee, said he would like to see that happen for Davis, who has made 66 catches for 490 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons.

“We need him to be,” Lashlee said when asked about the senior’s potential to be a star receiver. “He has been the most consistent guy through fall camp.”

Davis has played in 40 games at Auburn with 11 starts. No other wide receiver on the roster has more than two college starts. 

“Offensively, there are a lot of unknowns for us,” Lashlee admitted. “Last year we were very inexperienced, returning only three starters. This year there are a lot of unknowns for us because we are playing a lot of young guys.

“Whether it be true freshmen that are going to contribute or whether it’s going to be redshirt freshmen or sophomores, you look at all the returning spots--I think Alex Kozan, Marcus Davis, Tony Stevens, Braden Smith, those are some of the guys that are returning that are a junior or senior.

“Just about everybody else that is returning is going to be like a true sophomore or a redshirt sophomore or a redshirt freshman, and maybe will be playing a different position than they played so with the newness of the young guys that are playing, you’ve got to have guys like Marcus Davis and Tony Stevens step up, especially in the early games.”

The opener vs. Clemson is against a team ranked No. 2 nationally.

“No matter what you feel like talent-wise is ready, we’re still playing one of the best teams in the whole country in primetime first game of the season,” Lashlee noted. “There’s some newness to that so we’re going to need those older guys, and Marcus, being a leader, to step up for us.”

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Marcus Davis is also Auburn's top punt returner.

Davis said he welcomes the opportunity to catch passes from quarterback Sean White, who was named the starter last week.

Asked about the decision to go with White as the No. quarterback, Davis said, “It is good. You have got a guy that you are real confident in and he is really intelligent. He really knows the offense and we are really excited about what we have got going on. We are ready to move forward.”

The first opportunity to do that, and it is a big one, is Saturday night when Davis and the Tigers take on  Clemson, a team that posted a 14-1 record last year.  Kickoff is set for shortly after 8 p.m. 

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