AUBURN, Ala. — Marlon Davidson came out to Auburn football practice Wednesday afternoon with a massive brace on his left arm.
Later in the evening, Davidson told reporters he’s wearing it as a precautionary measure after suffering a UCL sprain in his elbow during spring practices.
“Everything is good now, I had a UCL sprain,” Davidson said. “Other than that, I’m 100 percent ready to go.”
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Davidson received some Freshman All-American honors in 2016 after starting all 13 games for the Tigers as a true freshman. The defensive end from Greenville, Ala., recorded 38 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble last fall.
Davidson said he will wear the brace for the entire 2017 season.
“Whatever my trainers tell me to do, I’m going to do it,” Davidson said. “If there’s something to protect me and have me healthy during the season I’m going to do it.”
The sophomore defensive end said the brace “limits” him some. However, he quickly added “it’s nothing I can’t overcome.” Davidson won’t use the brace to his advantage, though, saying he will stick with his hands for squaring off with offensive linemen.
Even as a sophomore, the braced-up Davidson will be one of the Tigers’ leaders on the defensive line in 2017. Auburn must replace the production of Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams in the 2017 season.
“It’s pressure, you know, and it’s a lot of weight on your shoulders that you’ve got to carry,” Davidson said. “It’s nothing I can’t do. I did it when I was in high school, and I’m going to carry it over now. It’s going to be a great season as well. I’m ready to see where it’s going to take us.
“You just step up, man. Big time players step up. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to put my team on my back, and I’m going to keep going with it.”