Monday, January 7, 2013
Davis stars on special teams at Army Bowl
By William Wilkerson
SAN ANTONIO -- Longhorns cornerback commitment Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop) could have pouted. The ESPN 150 cornerback could have sulked and tucked his head when he wasn’t named a starter in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.
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But that’s not in his character. He knew being invited to this game is a once in a lifetime opportunity and was out to make the best of it.
So he told the West coaches to put him on special teams, in particularly on the field goal block team. He had already blocked two in practice.
Davis, the No. 15 cornerback and No. 149 player overall, ended up blocking one kick by himself and adding a piece of another.
“The way the rotations was going it was kind of salty toward me. So I knew I had to let my presence be known somehow,” he said. “My teammates kept telling me I was going to get me one, I was going to get me one. So I got me two.”
Davis was the sole blocker on the first field goal blocked and said he and Texas A&M commitment Kameron Miles got half of the other.
“I’ll call it 1.7 blocks,” Davis said.
Being one of the top defensive backs in the country doesn’t always make your services available for special teams during the high school season. So being able to make an impact in that facet on Saturday really surprised Davis.
“I didn’t know I was a special teams player like that,” he said. “I just know that I wasn’t starting. So instead of pouting on the bench I told the coach to put me in and I didn’t know what I was capable of. I blocked the first one and blocked the other one too. People on the sideline told me they were calling it. I put my stamp on the game. I took away six points from them.”
Davis made his presence felt as a cornerback as well by almost intercepting a pass in the end zone early in the game. Overall, he was very satisfied by his week-long experience as an Army All-American.
“It was real tough competition,” he said. “I fell like I held my own for the most part. I gave up a couple of catches and what not. But they are the best. What made me really mad is giving up a couple of catches to Aggies. That’s what I didn’t like.”
“We were really getting after it,” Davis said. “I would line up. I am strong and my press is strong. I know with other guys’ press, the big guys won’t feel it. But I can tell you this: they felt mine.”
Davis said that the future Aggies wouldn’t let him forget about the success of Texas A&M this season.
“I told them, 'Um, last time y’all had a winning season? The last time y’all beat us? Oh, you didn’t beat us the last time, right?' ” Davis said. “It was simple stuff like that.”