Davidson Draws Attention

Brewton, Ala. tight end Trent Davidson is making himself an early frontrunner for playing time when the Crimson Tide football squad hits the field on September 4 against the Utah State Aggies.

Alabama head coach Mike Shula has said that ten true freshman could take off their redshirts this year, and Davidson wants to be one of them. He has impressed onlookers at the Tide's summer workouts with his large frame and soft hands.

Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle has been working with Trent Davidson in pass skel work this summer. Croyle said, "He's going to be good. He's 6-5, 258, runs smooth, runs good routes, and catches the ball well."

Bobby Marks, who coached wide receivers under Coach Paul W. Bryant, then was a pro scout for 20 years before retiring a year or so ago, has known the Davidson family for many years. He has watched Trent in a number of games. From the time Trent was a boy, Marks has thrown passes to him.

"He has exceptionally soft hands," Marks said. "He will be a good receiver."

"I'm definitely hoping to get a lot of playing time," Davidson said. "To be second string behind an experienced tight end like David Cavan would be great, but I'm just trying to get better and get in the game any way that I can."

To reach that goal Davidson will have to two-year letterman Clint Johnston and rising junior Greg McLain. Davidson will also be in competition with fellow newcomer Nick Walker.

"I'm just trying to learn the plays, the different calls and just feeling out what college football is like," he said."(The biggest change is) just the intensity level and harder workouts. I come from a good high school program at T.R. Miller and my high school coach did a great job preparing me but there's always going to be a jump when you go from high school to college."

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