Cornerback Saved His Best For Last

Coming into the 2005 season, the first three years of Mike Davis' career in the maroon and gold were not spectacular. However, if you were to ask the cornerback the cliché sports question what have you done for me lately? The senior can boast a solid body of work, and truly claim that he's leaving Tempe on the top of his game.

Mike Davis Jr., a 6-3 184 product of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, didn't start even once until this year. Injuries and thin depth helped to insert him into the starting lineup eight games in 2005, where he was a first teamer in the last seven contests of the year. His 38 total tackles this season, eclipse the total number of tackles (33) that he collected in his first three years.

"I agree – this is my best season since I got here," he said. "Since my freshman year my attitude has always been ‘just give me a chance and I'll make you a believer.' I finally got that chance this year. My motivation was to show everyone what they were missing all this time." He admitted that being more patient in coverage has made him a better player. Ironically, his improvement produced some downfalls. "I really been having a ball this year," stated Davis, "but the last couple of games I was bored because they weren't throwing towards me or coming after me (smile). But my dad told me that this is a sign of respect."

Speaking of the senior Davis, the cornerback is very thankful to have a father, as well as a coach who played his position in the NFL. Davis played for the Oakland Raiders and won two super bowls with them, while Coach Mark Carrier was an all-pro with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. "It's great to have those resources," Davis commented. "Each and every question I had they can answer because they've been there playing corner at the highest level. Coach Carrier reminds of (former CB's Coach) English. Very strict technician and really harps on details. The new techniques he has thought us have really helped me show off my talent."

Coaches always seem to claim that players are the most resilient after losses, and don't let them affect them as much. On that note, have the players tucked away those enormous feelings of joy following the dramatic win over Arizona? "Right now we're real excited," said Davis, "because first of all we get to play another game. Second of all, we get to play against Rutgers who haven't been in a bowl since they played us 26 years ago. Last time they were playing at home, and this time we are."

Davis will graduate in May and will be one of those rare students who has achieved that accomplishment in four years. He does however wish he would have redshirted his freshman year, and help a thin cornerbacks group in 2006. Nevertheless, now he eyes the chance of possibly playing on Sundays. "I'm gonna leave it in the hands of god," he stated. "I feel like I can play at the next level, and I've been told by a few reputable people that I will. Right now I'm gonna worry about this bowl game, and after that I will work hard and things will fall where they may."

The cornerback is an aspiring pilot. In 2005 his plays has soared to new heights. If his performance this season is any indication, Davis just may have a soft and successful landing in the pros.

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