May 10, 2014
Chris Davis is heading to Auburn immortality with the winning score in last year's win over Alabama
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Davis will be forever remembered by Auburn fans as the guy who returned a missed field 109 yards to beat Alabama last season. Saturday, he headed to the NFL after agreeing to a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers.
Davis, a versatile player who is a defensive back and kick returner, had been projected as a fifth-round pick. He didn't get the call during the three-day NFL Draft in New York. But it didn't take him long to sign a free agent deal.
He wasn't the only one. Six Tigers agreed to free agent deals soon after the draft.
Four Auburn players were drafted: Greg Robinson as the No. 2 overall pick to the St. Louis Rams, defensive end Dee Ford in the first round to the Kansas City Chiefs, running back Tre Mason in the third round to the Rams; and fullback Jay Prosch in the sixth round to the Houston Texans. He was drafted Saturday.
Agreeing to free agent deals along with Davis were defensive back Ryan White to Green Bay, defensive back Ryan Smith to Dallas; defensive lineman Nosa Eguae to Atlanta, kicker Cody Parkey to Indianapolis and punter Steven Clark to Denver.
Linebacker Jake Holland agreed to attend a rookie camp with Atlanta. Defensive lineman Ken Carter will go to the rookie camp in Kansas City.
Davis had 194 tackles in his four-year Auburn career, including 74 in 2013 and 60 in 2011. But Davis' ability to return kicks wasn't overlooked. He was third in the nation in punt returns last season, returning one for a touchdown. And then there was the field goal return against Alabama on the game's final play.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine