Davis Looking To End Spring On High Note

Auburn running back Tristan Davis talks about his spring and battling through injury.

Auburn, Ala.--It has been a frustrating past eight months for Auburn senior running back Tristan Davis. Having the best two-a-days of his career and making a push for a starting job last August, Davis broke a bone in his foot and missed the first half of the 2007 season.

Making it back for the Florida game in a kickoff return role only, Davis re-injured his foot and had to have surgery to place a plate in his foot to stabilize the fractured bone. That has been an injury that took a lot of time to heal, but finally Davis was ready to go this spring and again looked very good until the injury bug bit again.

Tristan Davis has been banged up this spring, but hopes to finish strong in Wednesday night's scrimmage.

Preparing to go to the line of scrimmage to run a play, the senior's foot was stepped on by a teammate early in the spring drills. The injury proved to be a painful one that has taken quite a while to heal.

On Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Davis was finally healthy enough to get back on the field and participate in spring practice in the A-Day game. While it wasn‘t a big role, Davis says that just getting back on the field was a victory in his mind.

"It felt pretty good to get back in the action," Davis says. "I was very excited when I got out there and they told me I was going with the ones on the third series.

"I felt pretty good running the ball, but there were still a couple of plays I'm used to making that I couldn't make because of not being on it that long. I did better than I thought I would and it's not as sore as I thought it would be. I feel like I did a pretty good job."

Spending the majority of his junior year in the training room and in rehab for his injured foot, Davis remained positive throughout and was a role model for his teammates because of his attitude. He says that this spring was tough at first, but he soon realized that his real goal was to be back on the field in time to end the spring and get healthy for the fall.

"It has been frustrating, but I knew it was a risk and there was a possibility of that happening," Davis says. "It's just part of the game. I'm not as frustrated now as I was when it happened because we don't play for the spring game, we play for the season. I'm just looking forward to the season this year."

Davis and his teammates will wrap up spring drills on Wednesday night with a scrimmage on their 15th and final day of practice. He says that he's looking forward to finishing on a positive note after getting back into the swing of things last weekend.

"I think that was the most positive thing," Davis says. "I didn't think I was going to be able to scrimmage, but as the weeks progressed I started to get a little bit better. I'm just glad I had that opportunity and I'm looking forward to Wednesday."

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