A few days after the first reports of Marcus Davis' return to Auburn surfaced, the Tigers announced on Thursday that he would be the new wide receivers coach under Hugh Freeze. Davis joins the staff after a one-year stint at Georgia Southern, where he served as the wide receivers coach under Clay Helton.
In taking over a traditional triple option program, Helton and his staff completely transformed the offense into a pass-first attack, and Davis' receiving corps was a big part of the Eagles' success this season. Davis coached a talented trio of receivers led by Khaleb Hood who received second-team All-Sun Belt recognition on his way to setting school single-season records for receptions (87) and receiving yards (925).
Hood was joined by fellow receivers Jeremy Singleton and Derwin Burgess Jr., with each receiver tallying over 700 yards during the 2022 campaign.
“Marcus has achieved success at every stop of his career, from his time as a player at Auburn to each of his coaching positions,” Freeze said. “He is one of the bright young coaches in our business and his knowledge of Auburn combined with his work ethic will be a tremendous asset to our program.”
Another one of those stops was in Hawaii for the 2021 season and it was more of the same with a talented receiver under Davis earning all-conference recognition. Calvin Turner Jr. was a second-team All-Mountain West selection during the 2021 season, and he ranked fourth in the conference in all-purpose yards (1,523) and touchdowns (12) and was sixth in receptions (73) and receiving yards (876).
Davis came to Hawaii after one year as an offensive graduate assistant at Florida State.
“This is a great opportunity to return home to Auburn, a place that means so much to me,” Davis said. “It’s one of those things I don’t take for granted and I am very appreciative to Coach Freeze for this opportunity. I’m ready to ‘work, hard work’ and do the little things to help get Auburn back to where it belongs.”
A former four-year letterman for the Tigers, he is the third Auburn alum to take a role as a positions coach on Freeze's staff, along with Cadillac Williams and Zach Etheridge. Auburn now has players from each of the program's three best seasons over the last 20 years on the staff, along with Trovon Reed who returned as the Director of Football and Recruiting Relations.
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