Q&A with Domanick Davis

The Tigers' all-purpose star talks about handling the load of LaBrandon Toefield along with his regular special teams and offensive duties.

Q: Have you talked to LaBrandon Toefield recently?

A: Yes, we were together last night – riding to get something to eat. I think he's taking it pretty well. I try to hang around him a lot, try to make him laugh, keep his hopes up, because I know it's a depressing thing he's going through right now.


Q: He was at practice today (Tuesday). He'll probably be a guy who you all are going to want to have around even if he can't play.

A: Why not come out there and be around the fellas? Let them see your face around and just keep talking to them.


Q: What's going through your head now? You're the guy and it's your job.

A: Nothing really. Things happen and you just have to be ready to step up. I'm ready to step up. It happened before last year and I stepped up. I'm comfortable with everything – no pressure at all.


Q: Is it really stepping up for you, considering that you've been getting a lot of yards and doing a lot of good things on offense and special teams?

A: Not really because I've been doing it. You've just got to go out there and make plays. It's just part of the game. Regardless of what happened, you still have got to do what you're used to doing. That's exactly what I'm going to go out there and do.


Q: You've done this before. I know you don't wish anything bad on Toe, but do you like it better this way – your role increased like this?

A: Not really. I had a load to do already with the returns and working in there with LaBrandon. I wish he was still here because whenever I get tired…that's when he would go in there and give me that two- or three-play break. Then I'd go back in.

We have Joseph (Addai) too but it would still be good if LaBrandon was here.


Q: What have you told Joseph Addai about going into The Swamp and playing?

A: Just be ready, man. It's physical. It's a war. There ain't no more UL or UABs. It's time to play.


Q: Do you think special teams will play a big part in this game?

A: I think so. Watching film on them, other teams did big things against their special teams. I think if we go out their and execute on what we've been doing, I think it will play a big role in the game.


Q: Will you continue to play the same big role on special teams although you'll be used more at running back, or have coaches talked to you about stepping back?

A: No, I don't want to step back. It's not time to step back. It's time to step up and make things happen. It's just a bigger role, so I've got to be ready. My conditioning has to be good because I know I'm going to end up taking a lot of reps…so I just have to prepare myself.


Q: What's the big thing about playing in The Swamp? Is it the trash talking, the intimidation, or is more about the fans?

A. Just dealing with the fans, they're loud all the time. You've really got to block them out. It's just a matter of going down there and hitting them in the face. It's going to be a war, so you've got to be ready to battle.


Q: I'd doubt they're going to punt the ball out of bounds. They're Florida and think well of themselves. What do you think?

A: I'm thinking they're going to kick the ball. It's like you said, they're Florida. They don't want to have the rap: "We're scared of him. He's dangerous. We're not going to do." I'm thinking they're going to kick the ball, and I'm going to show them what's happening.


Q; The last time LSU beat Florida at Florida they had a running back named Dalton Hillard. You remember him? (Editor's Note: Reporter James Verret of WAFB later acknowledged the incorrect information in his question. LSU last won at Florida in 1986 by a score of 28-17. Harvey Williams and Garland Jean Baptiste each rushed for 44 yards.)

A: Oh yeah. I remember him. He's one of the best.

We just have to go out there and do what we've been doing. We have to step up our game a little bit more from our A-game and execute on all the plays that we put in – play-for-play.

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