As a senior at Miami Northwestern Romeo Davis recorded 139 tackles and returned a kickoff for a touchdown while playing for coach Roland Smith.
Davis came into the 2004 season on as one of the least known signees on the team. Fellow classmates and linebackers Willie Williams and James Bryant had plenty more attention their way than Davis, but it was the former Bull who saw the field.
He was primarily a special teams player until the eighth game of the season, in which he started at weakside linebacker against Virginia. He finished the game with two tackles including one tackle for loss.
He would play the final three games of the regular season as the team's primary weakside linebacker. In the Peach Bowl against Florida he was a reserve linebacker and made four tackles.
The experience he gained playing in 10 games this past season has helped him in the spring.
"It was good for me," Davis said. "I learned what I had to do, which is helping me now in the spring. I know what I am supposed to do better now because of the experience I had last year."
Despite coming in under the radar compared to the rest of the 2004 signing class he always felt comfortable.
"I have been all right since I have been here," Davis said. "It isn't anything to me."
Most players admit to being more comfortable during spring practices after a season under their belt, but not Davis.
"I felt good when I came in and I feel good right now," Davis said.
During spring practices Davis has been a first-team linebacker at the weakside position. He has made plays, but is looking to be more consistent in order to develop into the player he wants to become.
"I feel like I have been on and off this spring," Davis said. "Sometimes when I mess up it is because I am not very focused. When I am into it I make plays."
With the Hurricanes resuming practice tomorrow they will begin a stretch of five practices in six days. It will be tough on the players, but Davis is ready.
"It is hard work," Davis said. "But you just have to do it."
The team has nine practices remaining including the annual spring game on April 9 at Lockhart Stadium. Davis has one particular aspect of his game he wants to work on.
"I want to work on getting off the blocks quicker," Davis said.
Davis currently stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds. He has always been known as a light player throughout his career, but is enjoying the extra 15 pounds he has added since arriving on campus.
With the added weight and experience Davis looks to have a successful 2005 season.
"The game comes quicker to me now," Davis said.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor at CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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