Senior Day Memorable for AU's Davis

Auburn senior Tristan Davis discusses his big play in his team's Homecoming victory.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior Day for Tristan Davis is a football game the Auburn senior will never forget.

He took the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score as the Tigers defeated Tennessee-Martin 37-20 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I think I was touched a little bit by the kicker, but that doesn't count in my book," he said. "We didn't think he was going to kick the ball to me.

"When we were watching film when 44 was in, he was kicking the ball deep to Mario's (Fannin) side so when he kicked the ball to me it was kind of surprising," Davis noted. "I knew what I had to do when I got the ball."

Davis said the play was blocked so well that he basically only had to beat the kicker. "The wall did pretty good," he said of his blockers. "It did an excellent job of picking up on their guys. I didn't have to break stride at all. He (the kicker) kind of got his hand on me, but I saw him and he was kind of scared. I didn't even worry about juking him."

Just minutes earlier, Davis and 15 other seniors were honored in pre-game ceremonies. His parents were on the field along with his grandfather, who saw his first Auburn game since the 2006 season.

"It had a lot of extra meaning to me," Davis said. "Just having my parents be on the field with me and being able to touch me in my uniform was very special and to be able to give them that ball (was special)."

Davis was pulled early in the game when he tweaked a hamstring that had given him problems earlier this year. He said the problem was that it is "just a little tight," but said he will be ready for next week's game vs. the Georgia Bulldogs.

"Most definitely I will be fine," he said.

Davis had never run back the opening kickoff for a score in an Auburn game, but said he had a bit of a flashback to high school when it happened. "I did it three times in high school," he said. "On those I had to cutback a bit. On this one it was blocked well."

Davis said the kicking team deserves credit for becoming better at executing its assignments. "Our blocking scheme hasn't changed much. It is just guys understanding what they have to do and executing it."

The return was the 10th longest in Auburn history and the second for a touchdown by Davis this season.


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