Davidson prepares for elite SEC QBs

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 7/17/19

HOOVER — Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson has returned for his senior season on the Plains with unfinished business to attend to.

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Davidson prepares for elite SEC QBs

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HOOVER — Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson has returned for his senior season on the Plains with unfinished business to attend to.

Despite a 2018 performance where he registered 46 tackles, four and a half tackles for a loss, three and a half quarterback sacks, 11 quarterbacks hurries, an SEC-leading three blocked kicks and a third-team All-SEC Defensive honoree, Davidson is eager to close out his final year with the Tigers with championship gold, both from a conference and national championship title victory.

Davidson is one of several defensive players who are returning to Auburn this year to resolve the unfinished business and end their collegiate career in top order.

“Our reason is to win. Nobody wants to be a loser. Being a loser hurts. You feel bad. You feel like you let people down. This year we are going to make sure that the Auburn family is happy,” Davidson said. “I promise that I am going to leave it (the Auburn football program) the best that I can. We are doing what is best for Auburn.”

In preparation for his final season on the Plains, Davidson has been working hard both physically and mentally to close the gaps in his skill set in the hopes of turning potential big plays into game winners.

“I have been tackling dummies all day. I missed a lot of sacks last year. I was sick about that. Waking up every day and thinking that I was so close to making this play or I was this close to making that play. I have been working on finishing the big plays,” Davidson said. “I have been working harder. I feel like last year, I took an off year and it showed and it hurt me. I’m back. I’m better, and I’m going to prevail.”

A schedule scored with elite-level quarterbacks such as Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, LSU’s Joe Burrow and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond will challenge Davidson and the defense every week — a challenge he looks forward to.

“With the quarterbacks we play week-in and week-out, you can’t let them sit in the pocket and have time unmolested to find his receivers or look for blown coverage. You want to leave a first impression where he’s constantly having to worry about us and his protection instead of solidly on his game,” Davidson said. “The edge you get in scaring a quarterback like that is extremely valuable, it’s where turnovers occur. There’s nothing that we as a defense love more that celebrating a turnover we caused.”