Auburn's Chris Davis named SEC Special Teams POTW, Nick Marshall takes offensive award

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Davis was honored for his improbable return that knocked off No. 1 Alabama.

Two days after returning a missed field goal 109 yards for a score to give Auburn a 34-28 win over Alabama, Tigers cornerback Chris Davis was named SEC co-Special Teams Player of the Week. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall claimed the SEC's weekly offensive honor on Monday.

Davis has been returning punts all year for Auburn, but Saturday's game was the first chance he had to return a missed field goal. He made the most of it, darting to the sideline and streaking down the field into permanent Iron Bowl -- and national sports -- lore. As if anything else he did in the game even matters, Davis also finished the game with 10 tackles, and he was solid in pass coverage for most of the night.

Marshall was a major player in the Tigers' offensive success against the Crimson Tide. He came up with several big runs, carrying 17 times for 99 yards and and a 45-yard touchdown run, and he passed just enough -- 11-of-16 for 97 yards -- to keep the 'Bama defense honest. His to passing touchdowns, including a 39-yarder to Sammie Coates with 32 seconds left to tie the game, were well done. Before a quick decision and a long shovel to Coates on an option play, Marshall threw a strike between defenders to C.J. Uzomah in the third quarter, tying the game at 21-21.

Next up for third-ranked Auburn is an SEC Championship Game date with No. 5 Missouri on Saturday. Kickoff from the Georgia Dome is set for 3:30 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcast on CBS.

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