Davis: "They are going to try to show out"

Hyped is what Miami linebacker Romeo Davis said he stays when he is on the field. Whether it's against arch rival Florida State, or this weekend's opponent FIU at the Orange Bowl Saturday night.

"Getting hyped for me isn't hard cause I stay hyped," Romeo Davis said.

Personally, he knows at least three current Golden Panthers and knows that FIU is going to come with a chip on its shoulder playing with something to prove. Many FIU players probably wished they were at Miami so their goal is show Miami coaches what the ‘Canes lost out on.

"I know FIU is going to come to play us and we're not going to take them lightly, so we are going to have our game plan ready and be ready to play," Davis said. "They are going to try to show out to their friends."

But that won't be happening Saturday if Davis and his defensive mates have their way. Davis said the defensive line has definitely stepped up its play making life a lot easier for the linebackers.

"If we can get our pass rush going the linebackers can go downfield. The defensive line though is off the wall now," Davis said.

Cross town rivalry games though is nothing new to Davis as he's played in a number of them while playing at Northwestern High School. The Bulls had plenty of rivals including Carol City, Central, Edison and Jackson while Davis was there and everyone always got up for the mighty Bulls.

"I've been in cross town rivalry games before in high school," Davis said. "It's somewhat of the same atmosphere to me with this. They are going to come to play and we're going to come to play too."

So what's this game really about?

"You can say pride," Davis said.

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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