With all of the talk surrounding what Auburn football might do at the QB position in 2021, it’s good to know that the team’s most recent commitment at the position is in good standing with the team.
QB controversy could surround the program should they land coveted six-foot-six, 250-lb pro-style threat TJ Finley.
Just don’t expect the Class of 2021’s Dematrius Davis to be involved in it.
Davis, who was only expected to be in line for reps if Bo Nix crashed and burned (or got injured), is just happy to be on the Plains:
Davis has a shot to clearly cinch up the QB2 role, with his main competition coming from Grant Loy and Trey Lindsey–with this of course subject to change if Finley is brought on board by Bryan Harsin and co.
Loy was particularly unimpressive during Auburn football’s annual A-Day game, throwing eight incompletions and amassing just 29 yards through the air as the primary backup. Lindsey got less of an opportunity, having just two attempts in the passing game.
Chayil Garnett, one of the other QB2 hopefuls, has since transferred from the program since his similarly quiet A-Day. UCF could be an option for the former Gus Malzahn recruit.
Davis has more potential than Loy, who played three seasons at Bowling Green and started during the 2019 season in the MAC. With perhaps the best arm on the team, Davis is capable of changing the game with his feet as well. Featuring him in RPO sets with Tank Bigsby could keep SEC DCs up at night should he ever emerge as the top option in the offense.
2021 should provide an interesting QB battle with Finley in tow, and things should get more interesting in 2022 and beyond once Holden Geriner joins the Tigers next year.
Whatever happens, clearly Davis has been enjoying the ride so far.