Buster Has Somthing to Say!

Teammates agree that Buster Davis talks the best game on the team, hands down. This season, he's also had a little something to say with his play. Whether it's a sack, a big hit, or a third-down stop that the Florida State defense comes up with, opposing offenses can rest assured Davis will have something to add to the conversation.

"I'm a spur of the moment kind of guy," said Davis, a former standout at Mainland. "Whatever comes to my mind I'm going to blurt it on out. I like to get creative out there."

Davis, majoring in communication, is apparently in the right field. In this, his third season on campus, he says he's happy to be on the field. Redshirted in 2002 and buried in the depth chart last season, he'll see his first significant action against Florida on Saturday night.

Davis has started every game for the Seminoles at middle linebacker except the season opener at Miami and says he's excited about the chance to contribute against another rival.

"It's starting to get electric around here," he said. "By Thursday and Friday, it'll be crazy. We're ready for them. If you have to get pumped up for this game, there's something wrong with you. It should be in your blood."

The opportunity affords Davis the perfect ending to a turnaround season. Frustrated at the lack of playing time, Davis quickly found his way to coach Bobby Bowden's doghouse last season with poor practices and missed meetings.

"I'm not used to being anyone's backup," he said at one point.

But Davis rededicated himself in the offseason training program and won the starting job over Sam McGrew with a stellar spring and even better preseason. In the process he shed ten pounds to add a little quickness to his instinctive game.

"What we were working with is what I call the feast or famine player," FSU linebackers coach Kevin Steele said. "He's such an athlete that it's a feast when he makes a play, but when he messes up you may not see it, but it's costly. So what he's done is eliminated those famine plays."

Third on the team in tackles behind Ernie Sims and A.J. Nicholson, Davis still splits time with McGrew. A rotation of six talented linebackers has been a big reason why FSU leads the nation in rushing defense and is No. 4 in total defense.

"We make each other better," Davis said. "Everyone wants to go out there and make plays. When you have six guys like that out there hungry to make plays good things are going to happen."

A team concept has made the difference.

"Those first few years weren't me at all," he said. "I got my name out there this year. I figured out you don't have to be Superman out there. I just do my job."

Saturday's showdown with the Gators gives Davis a chance to fulfill a childhood dream. A Seminole fan as a youngster, he watched the UF-FSU game on television each year but never got to see one in person, let alone play a starring role.

He'll also get see some old friends. While making the rounds on the recruiting circuit, Davis got to know current Gators Ciatrick Fason, Dallas Baker, Kenneth Tookes and Reggie Lewis.

Familiarity, Davis says, should breed some good chatter.

"All night we'll be at each other," he said with a grin. "It's been a rough ride for them all year. It's gonna get a little rougher on Saturday."

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