This week, we caught up with California defensive tackle David Davis, who spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Washington State, before transferring to Long Beach City College, and then, on to Berkeley, where the senior has become a star in the social media world as the ubiquitous Honey Mustard. Here's our chat.
BearTerritory: You were up there for two years.
David Davis: Two years, yep.
BT: Does it feel like being in prison, because there's nothing up there to do?
DD: [Laughs] You know, I think the best way to put it, is that it wasn't the right place for me. I would definitely say I love being in California, especially in this kind of environment.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1593652-match-up-to-watch-...BT: What prompted you to decide to transfer? You didn't even play, didn't even sniff the field. Is that what prompted you to move?
DD: I just felt like it wasn't the right situation for me. The coaches that brought me in, they were only there my first year.
BT: Then it was Mike Leach and his staff, right?
DD: Yeah, and just the way things were looking, it was best if I made a move, and that's why I chose to go the junior college route.
BT: What do you remember about coach Leach? Did he even mesh with the defensive guys at all?
DD: We didn't really have a relationship. I can't really speak on it.
BT: Because he's kind of an interesting cat. He's written a book on Geronimo and is all into Civil War history ...
DD: Yeah, he's into all kinds of stuff like that.
BT: You've played a lot here, especially last game. Did you think you'd play as much as you're playing?
DD: I think so. When I first came, I was definitely expecting to play. It was tough not being able to do spring. I felt like it was never a physicality thing, as much as it was technique. I took a lot of time over the summer to put in extra work with the guys, get my footwork right, and I felt like I had a pretty strong fall camp, and that's helped me throughout the season.
BT: You weren't able to do spring when you came in, because you still had one more class to get rid of, right?
DD: Exactly, yep. It was a history class, and the problem was, at Washington State, the class was labeled 'General Education,' and I guess, for me to get credit for it here, it had to be an actual 'History' class.
BT: That is so bizarre, because, theoretically, you're learning the same stuff. It's just the label, right?
DD: Oh, yeah, 100 percent. Exactly.
BT: What's next on the Honey Mustard publicity tour? Do we have to go to Marcus Manley for that?
DD: You know, I think it might be Marcus, but I think I just need to make some more big plays, to get that thing going. I was just kind of fitting gaps last game, more than anything, but I'm definitely excited for this week, and I look forward to having a big game.
BT: Speaking of which, how is this game, and this offense, different for you guys?
DD: I didn't play in the game last year, but the biggest thing is they get the ball out quickly. I think they've only given up five sacks on the season, and they've thrown well over 100 times. They get the ball out quick. The biggest thing is just collapsing the pocket. They've shown that they run the ball a little bit more this year, so it's just making sure you don't get out of the gap on stretch and zone plays.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1593749-podcast-washington...BT: Their offensive line has been around a while. Last game, you were playing an offensive line that had three freshmen on it, with two of them making their first start. What have you seen out of Washington State's offensive line on film?
DD: It's a group that looks like they've played together a lot. On a lot of the pass protections, guys are sticking on their man, and they're trusting them to make the blocks. The biggest thing is we're going to have to figure out how to disrupt things up front. It's a group I have a lot of respect for, and we're going to need to come out and play hard.
BT: They will run it, occasionally, generally when everybody thinks they're goingt to pass, pass, pass. How crucial is it to be on your toes, and how do you stay on your toes for that odd run?
DD: Technique and reading your blocks. If you see guys coming at you, it's not going to be a pass. You just have to go through your progressions, and if you see it's run, you've got to fit your gap.
BT: Playing against this offense, obviously the roots of it are the same as the Bear Raid, but the Bear Raid is so much more balanced with so much more run, but playing against this all fall camp -- granted, you're not playing against them all the time, now -- how much does that help you guys?
DD: It helps tremendously, because I think we have one of the most athletic offensive lines out there. If you don't have a get-off, you can get cut out of your gap instantly, and we have a lot of guys with great power. If you watch games, you see Chris Borrayo pancaking guys left and right, and Jordan Rigsbee, also. They get you ready to play.