Auburn Football Defensive End Marlon Davidson Hungry For More After Freshman Success

Auburn's Marlon Davidson talks about his first season with the Tigers, learning from the veterans and more.

Auburn, Ala.--It’s hard to imagine a much more solid true freshman season for a defensive lineman than the one Marlon Davidson had for the Auburn Tigers.

Starting every game and finishing with 38 tackles, two and a half sacks, six tackles for losses and four passes batted down, the Greenville native was solid from start to finish for Coach Rodney Garner.

“I think I did good,” Davidson said of his first season on the Plains. “One thing I have seen about myself is that I didn’t give up no matter what. No matter what the game was like or what the situation was, I never gave up and always fought for my brothers.”

Fighting was something that is in Davidson’s nature, but he learned how to do it consistently by watching veterans such as Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson and Dontavius Russell.

Auburn’s leaders on the defensive line, they set the tone for practices and games for the Tigers and Davidson said it was just up to him to follow their lead.

“It was a big takeaway,” the Freshman All-SEC end said. “With Montravius and Carl and Dontavius, those guys have played before. I had never played before. I’m just looking at these guys and trying to learn from them and make it a better year next year.”

Davidson’s last game with the Adams and Lawson came in the Sugar Bowl where the Tigers gave up season highs in points and yards in the loss to Oklahoma. He said the effort was there, but the defensive execution was lacking.

“We didn’t stay in our gaps, protecting the deep balls, letting the top getting knocked off the coverage,” Davidson said. “We just didn’t play Auburn football, that’s the bottom line.”

With Lawson heading to the NFL Davidson will be counted on to provide even more for the Tigers next season. Getting a feel for what the SEC is all about and what it takes to succeed on this level, the freshman said the Sugar Bowl experience gave him a chance to experience a big game and now he’s hungry for his next bite.

“Now that I’ve had a taste I want some more,” Davidson said. “If it’s not this next year it’s going to be the next. That’s my goal and my mindset. It’s time to keep balling, keep going hard.”

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