Auburn football: Nick Marshall, Chris Davis garner SEC weekly awards

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 11, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — It just wouldn't be a Monday if Auburn didn't win more weekly awards from the SEC.

For the sixth time in as many weeks, a Tiger was selected by the conference as one of its players of the week. Today was different in one way, at least, as a pair of Tigers were honored: quarterback Nick Marshall as the offensive player of the week and corner Chris Davis as the special teams player of the week.

It's the second time the junior signal-caller has captured the award this season. His recognition Monday came after he rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns in Auburn's 55-23 over Tennessee on Saturday. His yardage tied for the third-best effort ever by an Auburn quarterback and marked the highest total this season by an SEC player. Marshall only had to put the ball in the air seven times, but he completed three of those attempts, with one going to tight end C.J. Uzomah on a 25-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter.

What's more, his 15.29 average (on 14 rushing attempts) was the second-best mark in school history and the eighth-best average in the SEC's annals.

Davis is no stranger to record-breaking averages, either.

The senior from Birmingham, Ala., helped the Tigers set the standard for best return average in a single game. Auburn's 44.85 return average (on seven combined kickoffs/punts) bettered the previous mark of 41.8 set by Florida State in 1974. Davis' biggest contribution came on a muffed second quarter punt return. Though he initially let the ball hit the ground, he made up for it by making a few moves and cutting to the right sideline, racing 85 yards for a touchdown to break what had been a 13-13 tie with the Volunteers. Davis' score was Auburn's first punt return for a touchdown since Robert Dunn in 2008.

The Tigers have been honored by the league in each of the five weeks preceding Monday's awards. Last week, Tre Mason captured the Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 168 yards and a career-best four touchdowns on 32 carries in a 35-17 victory against Arkansas. Marshall's other weekly award came after he totaled 336 total yards (236 passing, 100 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in Auburn's 45-41 win against Texas A&M on Oct. 19.

Auburn's other distinctions during its weekly award streak were courtesy of first-year players: quarterback Jeremy Johnson (honors after his games against Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic) and defensive end Carl Lawson (after his six-tackle, two-sack performance against Ole Miss on Oct. 5) have snagged three freshman of the week awards amongst themselves.

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