Marshall, Davis Named SEC Players of the Week

Auburn QB Nick Marshall was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week while Chris Davis earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn senior defensive back Chris Davis and junior quarterback Nick Marshall have been honored by the Southeastern Conference for their play in Auburn's 34-28 victory over Alabama to secure the Western Division title. Returning a missed field goal 109 yards on the final play of the game, Davis was the easy choice for SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. It is the second time this season he has been named by the conference.

"I just knew they had big guys on the field to protect for the field goal and I knew I had a chance to outrun those guys," Davis said. "I tried to set it up one way and then run the other way and it worked."

Chris Davis races for the game winner

Running for 99 yards and a touchdown while adding 97 yards passing on 11-16 attempts and two scores, Marshall was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and was a key component in Auburn's win over Alabama. Combining with Tre Mason, he helped the Tigers run for 296 yards against a defense allowing just 91 yards per game entering Saturday.

The play that cemented the honor for Marshall came on Auburn's final drive of the game. Trailing 28-21 with under a minute left and 39 yards from paydirt, the quarterback ran left in an option look before pulling up and hitting a wide open Sammie Coates for the game-tying touchdown. He said it was something they have worked on and it worked to perfection.

"That's a basic plan, it's just basic football we do," Marshall said. "The whole year Coach (Gus) Malzahn said we were going to get that play to work, and then when we did it. The corner came off and then it happened just like he said it would."

It is the third time Marshall has been named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week this season. For the year he has completed 119-201 passes (59.2 percent) for 1,627 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions. On the ground he is second on the team in rushing with 922 yards this season and has added 10 touchdowns.

One of Auburn's best defensive players, Davis has become a weapon returning kicks for the Tigers this season after finally getting his shot. On just 12 returns he has 246 yards (20.5 yards per return) with one punt return for a touchdown.

Now Auburn turns its attention to Missouri and the SEC Championship Game this Saturday in the Georgia Dome. With a title on the line this weekend and the BCS looming, Davis said he can't wait to get back on the field for the Tigers.

"It means a lot," Davis said. "We went my freshman year, but we really didn't have a big role in it. For us to be in the middle of everything, it means a lot to me and the rest of the seniors. We are trying to go out on top.

"We take it one game at a time. We are looking forward to the SEC Championship and we are looking forward to winning that also."

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