AUBURN | If Auburn’s football players held a sprint competition, Javaris Davis would be a favorite to win. His teammates and coaches can’t stop talking about his speed and athleticism.
“He’s a great press-man corner,” fellow cornerback Carlton Davis said. “His speed is outrageous and he has good ball skills, so he’s going to make plays on the ball. He’s a huge competitor and competes at everything we do.”
First-year secondary coach Greg Brown has also taken notice.
“Javaris has a great deal of catch-up speed. He's got high top-end speed,” Brown said. “Javaris is one of those guys who can sit in there and have patience with the receivers at the line of scrimmage because he knows for the most part he has a chance to rundown field with them. I just love being around him. He competes and works to get better everyday.”
There’s more to Javaris Davis’ game than just speed and he’s primed to be one of Auburn’s breakout players in 2017 after starting six games last fall.
“Over this last year I feel like I've learned a lot more and I'm more mature. I feel like this is going to be a great season for me,” Davis said.
Davis played in all 13 games last season totaling 37 tackles, 6.0 tackles-for-loss, one sack, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. The third-year sophomore was a steady first-teamer throughout spring practice giving the Tigers a formidable Davis duo at cornerback.
“Oh my God, Javaris is—he’s like climbed the mountain,” said Carlton Davis, who has started 19 games over the last two seasons. “Freshman year he redshirted, then last year was his coming-out year, and I’m expecting an even bigger year this year for him. We just go to work every day, push each other, make plays and just be that SEC duo.
“That’s really what we’re looking for, just being that SEC duo that everyone talks about—that Quincy Wilson/Jalen Tabor type. That’s what we’re working toward this year.”
Javaris Davis worked primarily at cornerback this spring but also took reps at nickel as Brown builds depth and versatility into his defensive backfield.
Davis said he’s comfortable at either position and has his goals set high for this season.
“Never take a play off, every play like it’s my last, and that’s what coach always preached to us. So I just have to stay on top of it and play every play like it’s my last play,” Davis said.