Davis Shows He Has Still Got "It"

Talented Tristan Davis talks about football as he heads into his senior season.

Auburn, Ala.--There has never been a question about whether or not Tristan Davis has the ability to make plays on a football field.

For the Auburn senior tailback, the questions have been about durability.

Back from a foot injury (bruise) that he suffered early in spring drills, he wrapped up his final Auburn spring practice with one of the most impressive plays of the night at AU's scrimmage at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

With a 69-yard touchdown run the first time he ran the ball in the scrimmage, one of Auburn's fastest players left no doubt as to whether he still has the ability to make the big play.

"It felt pretty good," Davis says. "I just knew for a fact that it was going to happen. I just knew in my heart that I was going to have to break one to see if I still have it and I still got it, especially to the outside.

"I knew once I got to the outside, nobody was going to catch me--I don't care how hurt I have been or how hurt I am right now--nobody was going to catch me."

Davis only had two carries in the scrimmage, but turned in a total of 75 yards running and no lost yardage. The Tony Franklin offensive system has been described by some as a "wide-receiver's dream," but Davis says he is excited about the big-play opportunities that it provides runners as well.

"I think this offense has a lot of positives in it," Davis says--especially later in the game, when defenses are really tired, we can really pound the ball on them. We can run the ball on them because they are so spread out and by the time they are looking at us (running backs) we are already past them."

According to Davis, running lanes created by spreading out the defense are easier for fast backs like him to exploit.

"That's the good thing about it," he says. "When you've got the linebackers outside of the box because they have to cover receivers then we get up on them so fast that it's already a touchdown by the time we get by them."

Davis, a player who has lined up for the Tigers on both sides of the football as well as a kickoff returner, says that his versatility is not something he is worried about going into his final college season. Running backs will have to be able to catch the ball with confidence in Auburn's new offense, and Davis says that is no problem.

"I feel comfortable with it," he says of his role as a receiver. "We work on catching the ball a lot so that has really helped answer a lot of questions like can I catch the ball. I think that from the days that I've been in and the extra work that I have done, I have proved that I can really catch the ball."


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