Starkville, Miss.--On Saturday the Auburn Tigers' defense continued its stellar start to the 2016 season with a dominating performance against Mississippi State. Limiting the Bulldogs to just 289 yards of total offense and holding a sixth straight opponent under 30 points this season, sophomore defensive back Carlton Davis said continuing to take their game to another level was the goal for the Tigers.
"It was a great defensive game for us,” Davis said. “We practiced all week and really worked hard. Coach talked about being a great defense other than just a good defense. We accepted his challenge and we took it to the field.”
Something that has made a big difference for this Auburn defense is the play of the front four. With guys like Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson, Marlon Davidson and many others putting consistent pressure on the quarterback and controlling the line of scrimmage, it has made the the Tigers a force to be reckoned with at every level.
Davis said it all starts with the defensive line.
“It just gives us more motivation to do our job because we know we won’t be covering for so long,” Davis said. “That helps us out on the back end because if you’ve got a quarterback that’s under pressure all the time his throws aren’t as accurate as they would be. It’s really just a blessing.”
Just some of the numbers to think about with this Auburn defense. Currently they are 12th in scoring defense in the nation, 13th in red zone defense and 24th in third down defense, something that would not have seemed possible before the year started.
Building on the bowl win over Memphis to end the 2015 season, Davis said it's onward and upward for this group in the second half of the season.
“We’re feeling unstoppable right now,” Davis said. “It’s very important, especially starting off the way we started off the season. We just kept fighting and continued to fight back. Now the season is finally going our way.”