Former Auburn defensive back Chris Davis will always be remembered as the man who returned a missed field goal 109 yards to create the legendary “Kick Six” and beat Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl. But a teammate, who wasn’t even on the field, also remains in the hearts and minds of those who saw the TV broadcast.
Auburn offensive lineman Avery Young, who was a redshirt freshman for the Tigers in 2013, was captured twice on the sideline after Davis scored the winning touchdown. In the replay below, Young can be seen almost in disbelief at the 33-second mark and again at the 44-second mark.
Young’s reaction evoked memories of former Duke basketball guard Thomas Hill crying after Christian Laettner hit a game-winning shot on a full-court pass to defeat Kentucky in the Elite 8 of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Laettner’s bucket is simply known as “The Shot” and the visual image of Hill afterward is almost as iconic.
“I think they show my expression more than they show the actual kick,” Young said on Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s Iron Bowl. “I didn’t think it was going to blow up like that. I was just stunned that it was happening.”
Young, who is now a junior, said that he did not realize he was being filmed at the time of the play. He was as surprised as everyone else watching the thrilling ending.
“He (the cameraman who filmed Young during play) was on his knees,” Young said. “I didn’t even stand up until he (Davis) crossed the 50. I was just on the sideline shocked.”
Young will attempt to help the Tigers pull off another stunning victory on Saturday. Auburn will likely enter this weekend’s game against No. 2 Alabama as a double-digit underdog.
There likely won’t be any plays as miraculous as the “Kick Six” in this weekend’s Iron Bowl, but if Auburn upsets the Crimson Tide, some people may have an expression on their faces similar to Young’s in 2013.