Keivonnis Davis is confident in the younger players stepping up on the Florida defense

GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Keivonnis Davis is confident in the younger players stepping up on the defense. The Florida defensive end discusses the spring and his goals this seaosn.

Keivonnis Davis put in some work in the offseason. The Florida defensive lineman now weighs 250 pounds after gaining 15 pounds. 

"Coach Kent got us his plans on what we got to do and is going to help us be stronger and faster," said Davis. "it's very important [to put on the muscle weight]. Because, know, you've got those SEC type of guys that 6-whatever and 3-plus, so you know, they kinda heavy. So you know, it ain't just a pass rushing game. You've gotta be somewhat strong."

The defensive end told reporters during the first week of spring practice that he hopes to work on his finishing this season and hopes to be more consistent. 

"Not taking a lot of plays off," he said. "Just showing up play after play. Even if I ain't making the play, you know, I just wanna be around the ball. So yeah, I just wanna be more consistent."

Consistency will be key this year for the defense, who will have plenty of younger players stepping up to fill big prominent roles left by guys like Jarrad Davis, Alex Anazalone, Quincy Wilson, and Jalen Tabor. 

"Definitely [confident in the younger players]. It's just got to be a defensive thing as a whole. It can't just be those guys or me or the other ends. It's got to be all 11 guys," said Davis. "I feel very confident in our defense and in those young guys because they play as well. It's just about bringing everything together." 

 According to Davis, he has already seen a different level of intensity from the team and the defense this spring. 

"A lot of guys are taking up bigger roles now so a lot of the guys have to pick up their intensity and come in with better mindset because we are the older guys so we have to bring that." 

Davis talks more about spring practice and more in the video above. 


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