Davis Adjusting to OLB

Romeo Davis has moved to outside linebacker this spring after being the 2005 starting middle linebacker recording 33 tackles.

Romeo Davis played in 12 games last year and finished 13th on the team in tackles--fourth amongst linebackers.

"It went pretty well, but I think I could have done better," said Davis in regards to his season. "I could have made more tackles."

Heading into spring practices the coaching staff moved Davis to second-team strongside linebacker in hopes of getting more production from the middle spot.

So far, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Davis likes the new position.

"It has been a hard adjustment, but it is okay. I like it though. I'm getting used to it."

The linebackers return four guys who have started a game in their careers and competition has been heating up.

"We are good on talent because everybody that we have can play and everybody knows their assignments so we should be straight with our linebackers," Davis said.

The first unit linebackers are: SLB Tavares Gooden, MLB Glenn Cook, and WLB Jon Beason.

The second unit linebackers are: SLB Romeo Davis, MLB Darryl Sharpton, and WLB Willie Williams.

Other linebackers are MLB James Bryant, SLB Spencer Adkins, WLB Eric Houston, and LB Demetri Stewart.

"Having competition pushes you because the person behind you is equal to you or can come in and take your spot at any time," said Davis. "So you have to step it up every day."

On Saturday the Hurricanes held their third scrimmage of the spring.

"I'd say that we did good, but it wasn't what we are supposed to do," Davis said.

The defense has been putting together a solid spring like they usually do.

"Yeah we have a lot of strong days, but only about twice this spring we have had off days," said Davis.

The Hurricanes return to the practice field on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., but is closed to the public as they prepare for their final week of spring practices concluding with the spring game on April 15.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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