But, despite being only minutes
from the intoxicating Memorial Stadium in the Huskers hey-day, the lanky
receiver didn't pick up the game of football until he was a junior. And despite
his immense talent and size, the 6'4
"I didn't play until I was a
senior. Other guys always talk about pee-wee days, but I didn't do any of that,
but I still fell in love with the game,"
"I wasn't really a fan. I watched
them on T.V, but that was about it,"
In his first year on the sidelines for Iowa State in 2002, Davis was apart of the roster that thumped Nebraska at Jack Trice for the first time in 10 years, and only the tenth time in the last 85 years.
Two years later, he set career
highs in receiving yards and went over the 100 yard mark for the first time in
He is part of a senior class that
has never lost to
But, on an overcast day in the
first week of spring drills this past March, it looked as if
During an ordinary route to the sideline that he had run hundreds of time, something popped.
"It was one of the easiest routes
we've got. It was just a hitch route, nobody was by me, I just pushed off and
fell over. I thought somebody kicked me or I rolled my ankle. When I first did
it, it really hurt,"
"I was numb. I heard so many
things, I heard I wouldn't be back until October, and I also heard I wouldn't be
able to come back from that at all,"
"It was hard. I couldn't do things
I tried to do. I had to work on veering to my left and I couldn't plant on it.
It got better as I worked, but I had some trouble trying to run again,"
"They planned on me starting to
run in the middle of July, but I was running by the end of June,"
However, it was that first hitch
route after his injury that signaled to
"Right when he called it (the
hitch route) I was like, "Dang." He threw it to me and I got it, but I was glad
to get it over. All the guys were laughing when I came back to the huddle,"
After making big plays in the
first four games,
The performance was good enough to
merit the game ball and accolades from his teammates. A gesture certainly not
"It felt pretty good, just being
out there playing again. Nobody thought that I would be in the running for
anything like that. To be able to play and receive that game ball is a big thing
"I thought Bret was going to get it (game ball) because he broke another record or something. I'm just glad we won."
After five games, the Cyclones
have more wins than losses, but
"We know we can be a whole lot
better than that, instead of stressing everybody, and us, out every game. So, we
plan on getting better. We have to cut down on mental mistakes and penalties.
We're killing ourselves,"
"We have to pick things up. Morale is still high. We're 3-2, but it could be a whole lot worse."
"They are saying a lot of stuff
about the coaching and the play-calling, but even though they call the plays, we
have to make it happen. You can put the blame on us,"
With another match-up against
"It has some emphasis on it, for
bragging rights at home. Just to be able to play with some people I played
against in high school or that I have acquaintances with,"
Might we see a no-huddle offense
"We've always been confident in
the two minute offense. If he wants to do it, it might work. I wouldn't mind it,
since I know how good we are at it,"
But, in the end,
"It just feels good to be out there running around again."