Auburn, Ala.--It was another game to forget for the Auburn Tigers on offense in Saturday night’s loss to Texas A&M, but linebacker DeShaun Davis said that’s not how this team looks at things. With chances to make plays on defense and special teams as well, he said it was a team loss for the Tigers.
Still just a quarter of the way into the 2016 season, Auburn doesn’t have any time to feel sorry with the LSU Tigers coming in this Saturday to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Because of that the redshirt sophomore said you have to learn from the loss and put it behind you.
“We’re a unit and you can’t point any fingers,” Davis said. “They did some good things and did some bad things. We did some good things and did some bad things. You can’t put no on down. They’ve got to play. We’re always picking each other’s heads up.
“The team is hurt right now on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball and the coaches. We’re down, but we’re not out. It’s a long season and it’s just game three. We have a long season ahead of us and we’re going to be all right.”
While DeShaun Davis said the defense holds its share of the blame, it’s hard to look at the loss in the SEC opener for Gus Malzahn’s team and point any fingers other than to the offense. In yet another perplexing game of play calls from Malzahn and his staff, Auburn’s offense never got untracked against the Aggies and sophomore Ryan Davis said that’s tough to swallow.
“It’s very frustrating because you see the potential in the offense,” Ryan Davis said. “You see the big plays and how Sean can really throw the ball and he can run the ball too. You see all the receivers making plays and Kerryon and Pettway. You just have so many different playmakers capable of making plays. It gets frustrating because we know we have the potential, we just have to correct it during practice.”
Now with one of the most physically talented teams in the league on the horizon things don’t get any easier for Auburn as the Tigers look for their first home SEC win since beating South Carolina on Oct. 25, 2014. With the task of digging out of an early hole a difficult one, DeShaun Davis said all the team can do is get back to work and get the job done.
“We did some good things and did some bad things,” he said. “We just have to correct the bad things and build on the good. One thing we’re not going to do is let Texas A&M beat us twice. They got us tonight, but we’re going to watch films and get corrections done and put this game behind us and get ready for a good LSU team that’s coming in.”