Carlton Davis is going to have a hard time letting go of Saturday’s 54-46 overtime loss to Arkansas.
The true freshman was responsible for covering Drew Morgan in the fourth overtime at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
With Davis in man coverage, Morgan opened the period with a 25-yard touchdown down the sidelines. Davis made an unsuccessful attempt at a diving tackle to bring Morgan down.
“It was a three-deep cover, I played man on him, and shouldn’t have backed off,” Davis said. “I didn’t make the play.”
The emotions etched on Davis’ face in his postgame session with reporters were easy to read.
“It’s a painful feeling, it’s like a nagging stab,” Davis said, vividly describing the loss.
Despite being in position to make a number of key stops for Auburn’s defense, Davis said he let his team down.
“It’s hard, really hard on me,” Davis said, with a long heavy sigh. “I just have to get better.”
The true freshman had eight tackles, and a team-high three pass breakups.
In the fourth quarter, Carlson broke up a long pass attempt to Dominique Reed in man coverage. He also came up with a deflection on a third down pass attempt to Morgan in the first overtime that gave the defense a chance to win on fourth down.
“This is something you don’t want to experience,” Davis said.
Davis wasn’t the only young player from Auburn feeling the weight of a loss that dropped them into sole possession of last past in the SEC.
One of the veterans on the defense linebacker Kris Frost said it was natural for the Tigers’ younger players to be upset.
“It’s kind of what you want to see, we all take it tough,” Frost said. “Guys take losses and wins in different ways, but personally I know it really hurts when you are a competitor out there, especially when it comes down to all the overtimes. You put forth all this effort towards the week, play as hard as you possibly can and come up short – it hurts.”
Frost can relate to Davis as someone who tends to freely express his emotions on the field. The senior hasn’t talked to Davis yet, but when he does his message will be simple one, “we just have to get back and wipe it off.”