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“Wild Child” Gets Starting Nod At Strong Safety

By on September 7th, 2006 in Football Comments Off on “Wild Child” Gets Starting Nod At Strong Safety

One of the highlights of Auburn’s win over Washington State was the play of Tristan Davis. His kick-off returns of 30 and 37 yards made you realize that his 162 yard rushing performance against Kentucky last year was no fluke. This guy can flat out motor.

As good as he is running the ball, he may be just as good at strong safety. At least that’s what Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp thinks. Davis was so impressive on the defensive side of the ball Saturday night that despite playing only 15 plays, Muschamp has made him the co-starter with Eric Brock. Muschamp says he’ll watch practice the rest of the week before deciding who actually plays first.

Is there another team in the country that has put out as many quality running backs as Auburn? I know it’s mentioned all the time but it’s truly amazing that Davis is having to play defense just to get on the field. It reminds me of another former Tiger back who had a hard time getting on the field, Brandon Jacobs. Now he’s the toast of the NFL as a back with the New York Giants. Think about it, he can start in the NFL but couldn’t at Auburn. That’s called recruiting my friend.

Let’s hope that Davis continues to excel at safety and as a kick-off returner. It would be a shame not to see this kid play. He’s something special.

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