AUBURN | Javaris Davis is already planning a return trip.
Auburn’s sophomore cornerback returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in Saturday’s 49-10 win over Mississippi State.
“It felt great to get into the end zone and hopefully I can get back in there soon,” Davis said.
It’s the first defensive touchdown for a defense that ranks ninth nationally in yards allowed and sixth in points allowed.
The interception came early in the fourth quarter off a pass from quarterback Nick Fitzgerald that bounced off the hands of intended receiver Keith Mixon and right into the hands of Davis, who ran untouched into the end zone.
“We were in a zone coverage and I saw the dude that I ride on the zone. I just tried to make a play on the ball,” Davis said. “I saw green grass and just tried to get into the end zone. I saw the pressure up front and I’ve got to give the credit to them.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn calls Davis, who missed the Missouri game after suffering an injury against Mercer, one of Auburn’s impact players.
“He played extremely well, and had an impact play on the pick-six,” Malzahn said. “He is one of our top defensive backs on the field and when he's on the field it really helps.”
Davis was just glad to be back on the field.
"It felt great just to be out there again with my brothers,” he said. “It was just one step of the journey and we’ve just got to continue to do our job and play well.”
No. 12 Auburn hosts Ole Miss Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on SEC Network.