AUBURN, Ala. — Tray Matthews could see what was happening during Auburn football’s 49-10 win over Mississippi State last Saturday. The senior safety looked over at his junior teammate at cornerback and saw a return to form.
“ Carlton was locked down today,” Matthews said after the game. “I was telling him during the game, ‘Man, you’re looking like your old self again,’ and he’s feeling like that again, so that’s big for us.”
The praise didn’t stop with Matthews on Saturday night. On Tuesday, Davis earned an extremely high honor from Pro Football Focus, which put the Auburn corner on its All-American team for Week 5.
PFF Week 5 – National Team of the Week – Defense pic.twitter.com/La1WmnP9XZ
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 4, 2017
And, with a grade of 96.1, Davis was the highest-rated player in all of college football for Week 5. The next closest was Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who received a 95.7 grade in a 55-10 win over 1-4 FCS team Murray State.
Davis had arguably the country’s single-best performance of the weekend against an SEC opponent. He had 4 pass breakups, including 1 on fourth down and another on third-and-short.
In the 4 man-to-man targets that went his way, according to SEC Country’s study of the game film, Davis’ opposing receivers did not record a single catch. In zone coverage, Davis came up for an impressive tackle on a Mississippi State running back that curled out of the backfield toward his side:
Auburn CB Carlton Davis. 6'1"/203 lbs and he can scratch his knees without bending over. #6 far side. pic.twitter.com/RpseRKMBHg
— Jared Stanger (@JaredStanger) October 3, 2017
“Carlton is a guy that works very hard at everything he does,” senior safety Stephen Roberts said Tuesday. “He brings intensity at practice. He’s going to give it his all. He really doesn’t have that many bad days, and he’s always being physical and competitive.”
Since losing on a pair of 1-on-1 jump balls against Clemson in a Week 2 loss, Davis has been a lockdown cornerback for Auburn. He rarely had a ball thrown his way against Missouri, keeping one of the SEC’s top statistical receivers — J’Mon Moore — out of the picture for most of the game.
After his standout game against Missouri, Davis is now ranked inside the top 10 nationally with seven pass breakups this season. The 6-foot-1 cornerback also had an interception off a deflection against Missouri, which was his first since his strong debut campaign in 2015.
“Carlton covers everything,” Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson said. “You see his arms and legs. He’s very long, and he can get hands on them.”
Davis said he played through a couple of injuries in 2016, leading to a sophomore season that fell below high expectations.
Thanks to a strong rebound effort through the first five games of the season, the Miami native has been able to put all that behind him.
“He’s a guy that you see in practice and he does that kind of stuff every day,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday. “Now that he’s healthy this year, you’re really seeing what he can do. He’s playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
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