Freshman DB May Have Potential To Play Early

This new member of the Auburn football team discusses the start of preseason practice for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Tristan Davis, a 5-10, 186-pound defensive back from Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Ga., has been in Auburn all summer to prepare himself for a chance to see some playing time as a true freshman. On Friday, the opening day of preseason practice, he will get a chance to take advantage of those summer workouts.

"I've been in Auburn since early June," Davis says. "I was in the summer transitional enhancement program-- summer school basically. I've been doing a lot of 110s and a lot of hard running, and, the lifting is a little different. The core lifts, like power cleans, we didn't really do too much in high school. It's a big step here."

Davis, who played cornerback and tailback in high school, will get his first look at strong safety when Auburn begins practice at 10 a.m. Friday. Coach Tommy Tuberville singled Davis out as a player who might have a chance to play as a true freshmen because of his physical maturity.

Tristan Davis talks to sportswriters the day before hitting the practice field for the first time as an AU Tiger.

"The older guys have told me a few things that I need to look out for like back peddling and stuff like that," Davis says. "I try to go watch film by myself, but it's kind of hard learning things by yourself."

With veteran players like Junior Rosegreen, Donnay Young and Andrew Letts returning at strong safety for Auburn, Davis will need a strong showing in August to crack the playing rotation at that position. Tuberville says that Davis could also get a look as a nickel back in passing situation.

"If I work hard enough, I could possibly play this year, but there are older guys in front of my that know the system," Davis says. "But I'm always open to doing anything the coaches ask."

Davis and the Tigers will practice twice before Saturday's 3 p.m. Fan Day. The Tigers will be on the intramural field that morning at 8:45. Other practices are set for 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, 10 a.m. on Monday and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the first in full pads.

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