Davis Excited About Opportunity at Tailback

Comments from Tristan Davis and Eddie Gran are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Speedy Tristan Davis says he is looking forward to a chance to carry the football again after being summoned back to offense after injuries once again have taken a toll on the tailback position.

When the Auburn Tigers return to the practice field on Tuesday following a day off, Davis will be working on the game plan with starter Kenny Irons and backup Tre Smith.

Carl Stewart has an MCL sprain and is not expected to play this week. Brad Lester, who missed the last two games with a groin pull, is doubtful for Saturday's road trip to Lexington, Ky., although he is making progress and should get some practice time this week.

"It would be too much fun," Davis says with a grin when asked about the possibility of getting to run the football on Saturday at Kentucky. "I am really expecting to get one. I am going to practice real hard to show the coaches I can do it. Hopefully, I will get more than one or two carries this time."

Davis, who is 5-10, 200 pounds, is close to being the fastest player on the team if it isn't the fastest. He got his only two college carries vs. Ball State in game three. He was caught for a three-yard loss on his first carry, but found a hole and raced 52 yards through a nice hole for a score the next time he touched the football.

Tristan Davis is shown at the Auburn practice field.

Davis normally plays safety, but he moved to tailback in preseason after Smith was sidelined by an emergency appendectomy and Lester was bothered by a hamstring pull. AU head coach Tommy Tuberville and running backs coach Eddie Gran gave Davis high praise with his intensity he brought to the temporary assignment in August. AU's defensive coaches noted that they appreciated the full speed looks he gave the defenders in preseason scrimmage work and the toughness he showed.

Gran says Davis got off to a good re-start as a tailback in Sunday's practice following Auburn's 27-6 victory over Ole Miss. "I was really surprised by what he retained," the coach notes. "That was exciting. That is why we did it (played him in August). We went over four or five protections and he already knew them. That's huge."

Davis says moving from defense to offense and back to defense and then returning to offense again isn't a problem. "I just want to help the team," he says. "I know we are struggling with depth at running back right now because Brad and Carl are out. I am just trying to help."

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