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Davis has not appeared in a game this season and will not burn a year of eligibility. When Bo Nix suffered a season-ending broken ankle and T.J. Finley took over as Auburn's starter at South Carolina, senior Grant Loy moved onto the depth chart instead of Davis.
"He's had more reps. He's getting into a groove," Harsin said. "We're getting a chance to just see how he can operate. We've watched him. We have Sundays where the guys that don't play, the development squad, get a chance to go out there and run a few plays. ... But we're getting a chance to see him get some more reps in there. That's what bowl practices do, and then we've got to really hone in to the game plan. But it's good for him."
Davis was a four-star recruit and the No. 24 quarterback in the 2021 class. After Nix entered the transfer portal this week, Davis is poised to compete in the position group. As of Dec. 16, Auburn's 2022 quarterback rotation will be Finley, Davis and incoming freshman Holden Geriner.
When asked, Harsin didn't specify Thursday whether he plans to look for another quarterback option in the transfer portal.
"The challenge of finding the next quarterback or the next tackle or the next D-lineman — it’s always the next," the coach said. "That’s the one thing. If you think about it perfectly, you have a quarter of your team leave and a quarter of your team comes in. And then you have everybody that’s there as your sophomores and juniors that continue to develop. That’s the way it used to be. That’s how you develop the team. In a perfect world, you lost two guys, you brought in two guys. You always wanted to have that set up where it’s like, 'Hey, we’re going to lose two and take two. Lose two and take two.' You kind of wanted that cycle."
This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Auburn football freshman QB Dematrius Davis getting practice reps