NOTEBOOK: Davis will have Surgery

CLEMSON – James Davis knew instantly when he fell on his elbow and forearm that something bad had just happened to his left shoulder. The injury is to the same shoulder that sustained a stinger and hampered him the second half of his sophomore year.

The force and pressure of him landing on his arm after having a big collision with safety Chris Clemons nearly two weeks ago caused it to be separated and is now forcing him to miss the remainder of spring practice.

But that's not all. Davis said he will undergo surgery the Monday after the spring game to repair scar tissue and clean up some lose cartilage. He is expected to make a full recovery well in time for summer drills.

"They're going to go in and I'm going to get it scoped, whatever that is," he said. "I'm rehabbing right now. Studies say that if you rehab before you have surgery, it won't take as long to rehab after you're done. If I would have tried to do it when it happened, it would take longer to rehab."

Davis said part of his rehab consists of range-of-motion exercises, as well as getting stem treatment, which is an electric shock that makes the muscles contract in order to build strength.

"Right now, my shoulder feels fine," he said. "I'm just waiting to have surgery."

DAVIS' BACKUP: The player filling the void of Davis is Rendrick Taylor, who completed his second day at the running back position Wednesday.

Taylor spent the first half of spring at linebacker before being switched back to offense, where he's played as a receiver his first three years. Monday, he was moved to running back due to the extreme shortage of players at that position.

Wednesday was his first true test at the position and by all accounts, he passed with flying colors.

"He just looks so big out there at running back that it's kind of funny," Davis said. "He looked a lot like (Arkansas running back) Darren McFadden, but bigger. He looked really good out there for only his second day in pads."

Taylor said that he ran against the first-team defense and that he scored touchdowns the two times he was given the ball in goal line situations.

"Even if they move me back to receiver, if I continue running the ball like I did today, I could see me being used in short yardage and at the goal line," Taylor said. "It wasn't weird at all. I felt real comfortable carrying it."

Taylor said he carried it 15 to 20 times in practice, with his longest run in the neighborhood of 15 yards.

He said he hopes to steal some of Davis' touchdowns next season.

Davis said that's fine by him.

"It's going to be hard to try and stop him," he said. "He scored out there today. It's just hard to stop him. With is his size, I think he definitely has the physical tools. …
b "I think it's a good idea. I mean, why not? With the team as talented as it is right now, I think that it'd be a good idea."

QUICK HITS: Another player that made an impression on Davis was freshman linebacker Stanley Hunter. Without even being asked, Davis brought Hunter's name up and said, "I've never seen him practice before and today was the first day I saw him. Wooo, he flies. He'll hit you, too. He can hit." …

Freshman linebacker Tarik Rollins is expected to practice for the first time next week. He's been recovering from a torn ACL.

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