Davis: "Everybody Remembers This Game"

Auburn's Tristan Davis talks about the Iron Bowl and learning about the rivalry with Alabama.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn sophomore Tristan Davis grew up on the outskirts of Atlanta. Familiar with the Iron Bowl only by name, Davis says he didn't really know what to expect from the game when he arrived on the Plains.

After playing in it for the first time last season Davis says he quickly figured out all he needed to know about the game.

When I first got here I thought Georgia would be our biggest rivalry because I'm from Georgia," Davis says. "Being here a couple of years I found out that in Alabama you're either an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan, there's no other alternative. The rivalry is really big and it's growing every year."

Davis found out just how much this game means to Auburn fans following the victory last season and in the full year since the win. During that game Davis' only real contribution came when he threw a block on a touchdown run by Ben Obomanu. He says to this day fans come up to him and talk about that play, something that only reinforces the rivalry in his eyes.

"It's still a shock to me because people still bring up the game last year and the play when Ben Obomanu had his long run and I cut the guy in the end zone," Davis says. "People still talk about that I guess until the next one. People always remember the Alabama game, every drive and every score and last year every sack. Everybody remembers this game."

Davis has become a weapon for the Tigers returning kickoffs this season.

This season Davis' role could be much bigger. In addition to his usual job of returning kickoffs where he leads the SEC and ranks 13th in the country by averaging 27.2 yards per return, Davis is expected to see action at safety this Saturday with junior Eric Brock still recovering from an ankle injury.

Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Will Muschamp notes that Davis may start this week at safety. Davis says that makes this game even bigger knowing he may get a chance to play some defense.

"It's going to be very exciting for me especially in a big game like this," Davis says. "Alabama is the biggest rivalry of the year for a lot of guys and for this state. It's going to mean so much to play in this game."

Davis and the Auburn secondary will have a big challenge this week as John Parker Wilson and the Alabama offense have the ability to put up some big numbers throwing the football. Davis says that they're preparing to see everything from Alabama's offense this week in terms of throwing the football.

"It's going to be a really big challenge," Davis says. "At first their quarterback struggled at the beginning of the season, but the last couple of games he's really shown he can throw the ball down the field. It's going to put a lot of pressure on us DBs. We've worked very hard and we're going out to prove ourselves this week."

With a record of 9-2 overall Auburn will be looking to win its 10th game of the season and send the senior class out with the most victories in school history. The class is 39-10 overall in the last four seasons and the Tigers have won 33 of their last 38 games during that span. Davis says those numbers are great but this team wants to finish on a high note and send the seniors out with another win over Alabama.

"It's very important to us," Davis says. "The last time we lost a game we came back out fired up for the next one. We don't take losses very well here and we're not supposed to. We're going to come out fired up and ready to play."


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