The Auburn Tigers have a tough test ahead of them tonight, as they must face off against the No. 24-ranked Mississippi Rebels on their own turf. Auburn has historically been good against Ole Miss, but history means nothing when looking at just how young and talented the Rebels are. Auburn has had a nice start to the season under new head coach Gus Malzahn, as they are 3-1 with their only loss being to the LSU Tigers (no shame in that).
Auburn is also set to get better, as Tigers official site writer Charles Goldberg reports that Auburn could get star cornerback Chris Davis back for today’s game. That would be huge, because Ole Miss has a nice stable of young, talented wideouts with freshman Laquon Treadwell leading the way. Ole Miss star QB Bo Wallace will prevent a tough test for Auburn’s secondary, and the Tigers would have absolutely no depth at DB if none of their injured players return.
Davis looks poised for an excellent season, and he already has five pass break-ups and 13 tackles through three games this year. However, he hasn’t played since injuring is leg, and his return is still questionable. However, I think the senior defensive back plays this week, because it’s a big game and he’s a crucial player. Just look at what fellow DB Jordan Holsey said about him.
“Chris is a leader. Whenever Chris is on the field, you get an extra spark on that island over there. You know that teams really don’t like to throw his way because he’s really a lockdown corner. With him coming back, I’m sure it’s going to give the defense a little more motivation. And with him being back, that leadership.”
Not only is Chris Davis one of the premier cornerbacks in the SEC, but he’s also a key leader on Auburn’s defense. Hopefully he plays, and hopefully Auburn can also get another key player in the secondary in Jonathan Jones back today.