Auburn notebook: Memories, big stats part of '14 season
Jan. 2, 2015

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Quan Bray gave it his all in his final game at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

TAMPA, Fla Quan Bray said a loss in the Outback Bowl on Thursday hurt, but he'll still take away good memories of his days at Auburn.

"I'll remember the enjoyment, of running out with my teammates," Bray said.

Bray led Auburn in catches in the bowl game, but he was disappointed in the outcome.

"If it doesn't hurt me," Bray said, "I'm playing the wrong sport."

Quan Bray played the right sport at Auburn, leading the Tigers in receptions in Thursday's 34-31 overtime loss to Wisconsin, ending the season ranked second on the Tigers' receiving charts and ranked third in the SEC in punt returns. Quarterback Nick Marshall is leaving with big stats, too.

Bray and Marshall were among 20 seniors who played his last game for Auburn.

"We've been through a lot," Bray said. "This team was really different because we were together. They felt the pain our seniors were going through."

Bray said Auburn's goals "are always higher."

"We try to be the No. 1 offense in the country and win the SEC Championship. But it's life. This game of football just helps you to get together in life."

Fellow senior Cameron Artis-Payne, the SEC's leading rusher, added 126 yards in the Outback Bowl, bringing season total to 1,608 yards.

Only two others have rushed for more yards in any Auburn season. But Artis-Payne didn't have feel like celebrating.

"It's definitely sad. There was some emotion in the locker room," Artis-Payne said. "But everybody gets their four years and, right now, our time is up. A new group is coming in, and I think they're going to be great."

Artis-Payne said Auburn was a few plays a way from having a better record.

"We just haven't found the way to win close games. That was the standard that we created for us the previous year when we won the tight games. This year, we just didn't get the breaks. But that's on us," he said.

Here are some notes provided by Auburn:

• Cameron Artis-Payne’s two touchdown runs gave him 13 for the season and 19 for his career. It was Artis-Payne's 12th career 100-yard game (ninth this season). He passed Rudi Johnson (1,567 yards in 2000) for third place in Auburn all-time single-season rushing (1,608 yards). He is 14th in Auburn career rushing (2,218 yards), passing Kenny Irons (2,186 yards from 2005-06).

• The 66-yard TD pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis was the longest reception by Louis this season and the second-longest completion by Marshall this season. It was Louis’ fifth career receiving TD and his third this season.

• Marshall finished with 33 career passing touchdowns and 20 for the season (third-most among Auburn single season leaders). It was Marshall’s 12th career 200-yard passing game and his 12th career game with multiple TD passes.

 Daniel Carlson is third among Auburn season PAT leaders with 57. He passed Wes Byrum’s 2009 total (54-54). At 57-57, Carlson has the most PATs without a miss in a season in Auburn history.

• Carlson’s 51-yard field goal was a career long; his previous long field goal was 46 yards. Carlson’s 18 made field goals this season was third-most in Auburn history and his 111 points scored this season tie him with Cody Parkey (2013) for the second-most points by an Auburn kicker ever in a season.

• Jermaine Whitehead’s two interceptions gave him six this season and nine for his career. He also had interceptions this season against Arkansas, San José State, Texas A&M and Alabama.

• Trovon Reed’s interception was his third of the season; he also had interceptions against San José State and Kansas State. He was a wide receiver his first three years at Auburn.

•  Auburn had 22 team interceptions for the season. It’s the first time since 1973 that two Auburn players have had at least six interceptions each: Roger Mitchell (6) and Jim McKinney (6) in 1973 --  and Jonathan Jones (6) and Jermaine Whitehead (6) this season.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: 

 

 

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