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It's a day to remember for Auburn's Quan Bray
Sept. 27, 2014

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Quan Bray makes the catch, the first of three touchdowns on a homecoming day for Auburn


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com
 
AUBURN, Ala.  Quan Bray didn't forget, not after his two TD catches and his 76-yard punt return for a touchdown, and not after this, the best day of his college career.
 
Quan Bray remembered his late mother.
 
"I wish she could be here. But God does everything for a reason," he said.
 
Bray's three touchdowns helped Auburn overcome a sleepy start to beat Louisiana Tech 45-17 on a homecoming Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. He finished with three catches for 91 yards and returned two punts for 98 yards. Bray wore that well, as he did his inscriptions on both of his wrists: "RIP Ma."
 
Bray's mother died in 2011 in a family dispute.
 
Bray's touchdowns were special. He caught a perfect over-the-shoulder pass from Nick Marshall along the left sideline on a 37-yard scoring play, broke free on a Marshall scramble and caught a 44-yard touchdown pass, and returned that punt for 76 yards.
 
That was his second punt return for a touchdown this season.
 
"It's really a blessing," Bray said. "When the time comes, you can make a play, and when the plays present themselves, you make them."
 
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was impressed.
 
"We ask our seniors to play the best they've ever played and he has really been raising his level," he said. "In a game like this he really makes impact plays to help us win. I'm very happy for him and he’s definitely raising his level."
 
Bray succeeded Chris Davis, you know, the guy who beat Alabama, as Auburn's punt returner this season.
 
"Our motto is one cut and go. If you get 10 or 15 yards, that's a good return. One cut and go."
 
And off Bray went.
 
"My mindset before then was to be the No. 1 punt returner in the nation.  But without those guys up front, without them crunching and giving it all for me, I wouldn't be able to do that," Bray said. 
 
"When I see a couple of guys blocking their man to the sideline, I can't do anything but be grateful."
 
That covered the punt return.
 
Before then, Bray caught the sideline pass for a touchdown.
 
"The first one I said, 'Throw it up,' and tried to make a play for Nick."
 
Then there was the touchdown on the scramble. Marshall rolled to the left, then sprinted back to the right. When he threw it, Bray was 55 yards away. Bray jumped as high as he could go, and came down with the ball surrounded by defenders.
 
"The second one was just the scramble drill," Bray said. "For some reason, I just felt like I knew he was going to scramble."
 
Bray was right.
 
"I looked back and I saw him going around in circles. When I saw that, my eyes lit up. And, for some reason, I felt like I saw his eyes light up, too."
 
Then Marshall let it go. 
 
"I went for the high point of the ball.  We do that drill every day in practice," Bray said.

Quan Bray's big plays are in this game highlight video... 



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

 

 

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