Buster Is On A Roll
Buster Davis is doing his best to make a case for a starting position at linebacker come fall. During Monday's scrimmage, he showed coaches that he's ready to make an impact on the team by meeting the offense head on with reckless abandon.
Davis recorded a sack on second string quarterback Wyatt Sexton, and later, in the same series, stripped the ball from freshmen running back Jamaal Edwards. Davis tacked on a pair of tackles for a loss, including one where he snuck past the O-Line on a blitz and met Edwards squarely in the backfield for a loss of four.
He's begun to look like the player you recruited," Bowden said. "He really looked like a force out there. He'll knock that ball out of your hands in a jiffy."
Davis also showed his versatility by moving to weak side linebacker for several plays, covering for both A.J. Nicholson, who was suffering from stinger and a injury suffered earlier in the day, and Marcello Church.
"We had to put the theory of the best 3 on the field so he got a lot of reps," Linebacker Coach Kevin Steele said. "He made some mistakes too, but I think you can see his athleticism and his intensity."
The 5-11, 238 lb. Daytona native, began to show signs of his athletic potential during the 2003 spring session. He caught the attention of coaches by performing well in goal line sets in the second scrimmage of the spring.
Davis spent the majority of last season backing up Allen Augustin and Sam McGrew, who he is now battling for the middle linebacker position. His lack of experience at the collegiate level sometimes shows, with his level of play often varying from down to down.
"What we're working on is what I call the feast or famine player," Steele said. "He's such an athelete that it's a feast when he makes one, but when he messes up you may not see it, but it's costly. So what we're working on is eliminating those famine plays."
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