AUBURN | Carlton Davis had an outstanding freshman season followed by a so-so sophomore campaign.
Five games into his junior season, the Auburn cornerback is back in top form and playing at a high level.
“He's a guy that you see in practice and he does that kind of stuff every day,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “Now that he's healthy this year you're really seeing what he can do. He's playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
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Davis, who was slowed by a shoulder injury and two separate ankle injuries last season, had four of Auburn’s 12 pass breakups in a 49-10 win over Mississippi State last Saturday.
“Carlton was locked down,” senior safety Tray Matthews said. “I was telling him during the game, ‘Man, you’re looking like your old self again,’ and he’s feeling like that again, so that’s big for us.”
Davis is tied for second in the SEC with eight passes defended. He’s one of the leaders of a secondary that ranks second in the SEC and fifth nationally holding opponents to 142.4 passing yards per game.
“Carlton is a guy that works very hard at everything he does,” senior safety Stephen Roberts said. “He brings intensity at practice. He’s going to give it his all. He really doesn’t have that many bad days and he’s always physical and competitive.”
For Davis, it’s more about the team and a defense that is one of only four that rank in the nation’s Top 10 in total defense, scoring defense and passing defense.
“We just go out there and do our job,” Davis said. “That's what we do every time whether we're up, whether we're down, whether we're tied -- it doesn't matter. We just need to do our job every series.”
No. 12 Auburn hosts Ole Miss Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on SEC Network.