It's a record-setting night for Quan Bray in Auburn's win
Nov. 23, 2014

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Quan Bray celebrates a victory with Auburn fans


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Receiver Ricardo Louis didn't dress out while nursing an injury. Quan Bray filled in and set a school record to boot in Saturday's 31-7 win over Samford in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Bray scored on one of one of Louis' patented end-arounds as he became the first player in Auburn history to record a rushing touchdown, a receiving a touchdown and score a touchdown on a punt return in the same season. 

"I just tried to make plays when plays presented themselves," Bray said.

Bray said he didn't celebrate his accomplishment during the game. Nobody told him.

That was OK. "The only thing I'm worried about is whenever I get to touch the ball, I want to score. 

"That's just a blessing."

Louis' absence for undisclosed injury didn't seem to hurt Auburn's offense, once it started clicking in the second quarter. Bray was part of that, scoring on a 23-yard end-around that Louis would have likely otherwise run.

By the time the night was done, Bray had 131 all-purpose yards  45 rushing, 56 receiving and 30 on punt returns. 

Bray has scored nine touchdowns in his career, six on catches, two on punt returns this season and now via the run. Somebody had to step in for Louis.

"Quan and Ricardo tend to play the same position," Malzahn said. "In practice they are able to get a lot of reps, doing the same stuff. He did the same stuff that Ricardo tends to do. He fit right in and did a good job."

 Bray is third on the team with 702 all-purpose yards. He's gotten in a variety of ways: 48 yards rushing, 334 receiving, 272 on punt returns and 48 on kickoff returns.

Auburn was still trying to figure out a way to score when Bray got the ball Bray said receiver Sammie Coates and running back Cameron Artis-Payne provided the key blocks.

"I saw the seam, and I hit it," Bray said.

Samford led 7-0 for less than a minute before Bray ran it in. The other touchdowns were scored by real running backs: Artis-Payne on a 7-yard run, Corey Grant on a 13-yard pass from Nick Marshall and Roc Thomas on a 1-yard run. Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal for good measure.

"Once we click at the right time, the way we're supposed to click, I'm sure next week we'll do just that," Bray said.

Next week, this coming Saturday, is the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa. That's where Bray could become the first Auburn player to score on three punt returns in a single season. He said he had hoped he could do it against Samford. He said he'd try again.

"I've just got to come out next week, cherish the moment and finish off strong," Bray said.

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

 

 

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