Saturday was a reminder why.
One of the more memorable plays from Georgia's 30-0 win
was a serious hit Thomas Davis put on Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in
the first half.
Whitehurst completed the pass, but was slow to get up after Davis' hit
lifted him into the air before he was driven into the ground.
Davis moves up to a linebacker spot when Georgia goes into a
defensive alignment, and he was in that position when he made several
"It was a basically how we played last year," he said.
"It's called the
AB position, adjusted back. It was the same way we played it last year."
Davis, nicknamed "Pokey," earned SEC Defensive Player of the
honors for his 11-tackle performance.
"After we came in from practice, they told me. I thought they were
joking with me," said the sophomore from Randolph-Clay. "I felt like I
had a pretty good game, but I didn't think it was good enough to honors
as SEC player of the week."
Davis would be happy to know that despite his success at safety, he'll
be returning to his usual position as soon as Kentrell Curry is healthy.
"He's good enough to play either spot; he's just
quite a ballplayer,"
said head coach Mark Richt. "He's gonna be much more valuable to us
Defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder pointed out that Davis is a
playmaker regardless of where he lines up.
"It's rather obvious he has great physical ability," Van Gorder
"He's fast, he's explosive. You saw that a year ago when he really made
some dynamic kinds of plays.
"He's still getting better."
Another reason is his mental makeup.
"That's where I really got a lot of respect for him," Van Gorder
"The job he did, learning that position (safety) again. He just hadn't
done it in awhile. I thought his recall was excellent."
All that aside, those who watched the game remember the hit. Wideout
Fred Gibson stays on Davis' good side, and will continue to do so after
seeing that tackle.
"I tell Thomas, 'You better not even touch me,'" Gibson said.
how hard he hits. Y'all saw the game Saturday. The boy hits hard.
"Me and Thomas are pretty good friends, and I want it to stay like
Davis does tease Gibson.
"Sometimes he tells me, 'I could've hit you right there,'"
"I'm like,'I'm glad you didn't.'"
Davis ready to move back to linebacker
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