Auburn concluded spring practice Tuesday at the university’s athletic complex.
The team’s 15th practice of the spring was closed to the media and coach Gus Malzahn didn’t speak with reporters.
When the Tigers’ coaches and players did take questions this spring, one of the common topics of discussion was early enrollee Marlon Davidson.
Here is a comprehensive look (with accompanying video) at what everyone had to say about the freshman defensive lineman…
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Welcome to the show (on making quick impact)
“Oh, Marlon grew up real quick. Just coming in this spring, everybody was thinking he had a lot of growing up to do and had a lot of learning to do. But he did all that in a week or two, so that really surprised me.”
Auburn LB Tre Williams
“The physicality part I’ve been very impressed with that. He’s got a lot of ability. He’s just got to keep working but he has caught my eye.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn
Quick Study (on Davidson’s maturity)
"I see a lot. He kind of reminds me of myself. He’s learning about getting that Coach G coaching just like today. He's just getting used to college football. I think he'll be a great player because coming in wise, he's above where I was so he'll be a great player."
Auburn DL Montravius Adams
“He's come out there and every day has practiced like a pro, just keep practicing consistently every day and works hard to get better. Consistency in a young guy is really hard to find, and that's what he's been able to do. He's been able to be consistent, and every day come out here and try to get better. He takes coaching. When he gets hard, a lot of young guys that don't take it very well. He's been prepped for it.”
Auburn DL Carl Lawson
“He is a guy that's very physically, mentally and emotionally mature for a guy that should be going to his senior prom in the next week or so. If you'd watched it and didn't know, you'd think he'd been around for a couple of years and that's the biggest thing. Now, does he have a lot to learn? Absolutely. But he is physically, mentally and emotionally very mature and that helps him.”
Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele
Impact Player (on expectations for Davidson)
“I think him coming in early, that was a good thing. Of the people he came in with, he's at the top. He's a competitor. Everything he does, he competes. In this league, that's just what you have to do. I think with him doing that, he's just going to keep getting better. The sky is the limit.”
Auburn DL Montravius Adams
“Marlon Davidson has really impressed me; I’ve been here five years, and as far as freshmen coming in to play—especially in the spring—he’s as good as I’ve seen. Marlon Davidson has really impressed me. He’s got to keep working, keep improving, but he’s solid. I think he’s ready to play now.”
Auburn OL Alex Kozan