Auburn, Ala.--As the Auburn football team heads into its second scrimmage of spring training, junior cornerback Carlton Davis is eager to test himself against new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey’s passing attack.
“It gives us a lot more action,” Davis said. “It’s a lot more competition and that will help us get better.”
A Freshman All-SEC selection in 2015, Davis was slowed by injuries to both ankles as well as a shoulder problem. Put all of that together and it is not surprising he had 46 tackles, 10 fewer than his freshman year, and did not intercept a pass as a sophomore after getting three the previous season.
“It was a down year,” Davis said. “A lot of ups and downs. It wasn’t what I wanted, but I’m always focused on the future. I feel great now. I am ready to put on a show.”
Davis is also predicting an up year for the secondary as a group despite losing a pair of veteran players, 2016 seniors Rudy Ford and Josh Holsey. Commenting on why his expectations are high, Davis said, “We just have so many players back besides Josh and Rudy who played last year. Just from having that experience last year, it helps us a lot more going forward.”
A couple of Tigers who could take an expanded role in the secondary are Jamel Dean, who was injured last year, and Marlon Character, who won praise from the coaching staff for the job in did in practice while redshirting as a freshman.
“He has a lot of ability,” Davis said of Character. “He reminds me of myself as far as physicality and being athletic. He has some time to grow, but he will be a good player for Auburn.”
Dean, who redshirted in 2015, was make a push for a starting spot at cornerback last season before being lost to a knee injury. He is still limited in what he can do in practice, but Davis has high expectations from Dean for the fall.
“He is a great player,” Davis said. “He will be a great addition to our core.”
The Tigers will have their second spring scrimmage on Saturday and a week later at Jordan-Hare Stadium they will play their annual A-Day spring game.