Taking care of business on the home front

CLEMSON - Fear not, residents of Japan. While Kalon Davis might be close to the same size as Godzilla, he comes in peace.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman is planning to visit the Land of the Rising Sun next summer. With a concentration in Japanese, a trip like that is part of the curriculum for modern language majors.

"Right now, I'm doing the language that I have to learn to speak. I have to learn the culture, read and write," Davis said. "This summer, I'm probably going to go over there for about two or three months, because it's part of my major, to do a study abroad. It's just something I really enjoy getting to know…it's just been a lot of fun."

Davis is also having a really good time on the football field. In place of the injured David Beasley, he started at left guard for last week's game against Wake Forest.

"Between [Ryan] Norton and [Brandon Thomas], the guys on both sides of me, it was easy to tell where I need to be, what they're doing, what they're doing, combos [and] everything," Davis said. "It just felt right."

He'll experience that feeling again this weekend when Clemson heads up to Syracuse for a 3:30 showdown in the Carrier Dome. Beasley continues to recover from an ankle injury, so Davis will be start again on Saturday.

"Everyone wants to be a starter. I'm just trying to contribute anyway that I can…I've got to prove I'm ready anytime they call for me," Davis said.

In practice, Davis has also gotten some work at right tackle.

"Really, it's just paying attention to what the coaches say," he said. "Coach [Robbie] Caldwell will tell you himself. If you at least do what he tells you to do, you'll at least grade out at 75 percent. The rest of it is just effort.

"I think, really, just being able to take coaching, and improve day by day. It's just helping me out."

Much of that improvement is a credit to the time that Davis invested over the summer. He was a regular over at the Clemson practice fields, even when there wasn't anyone else over there working out.

"I did a lot of drills over here by myself, coming over here and doing pass sets, hand placement," he said. I'm still trying to work on my hands. That's, probably, a big thing for me."

But, at the same time, Davis manages to enjoy life away from the field. When he's not invested in football or busy with class work, the Chester product enjoys video games, spending time with friends and his puppy.

"I guess there is just a time and a place for everything," he said. "When I'm on the field, I know what I've got to do. I've got to get the job done, but it's not like I'm not having fun out there. When you see me on the field, you'll probably see me smiling. It's just taking what I can and using it. I've still got to be me, no matter what."

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