For Beatrice's Daniel Davie, the spring has been all about digging himself out of an academic hole. The Scout.com 3-star safety and Nebraska signee has had a rough couple of weeks, but is starting to see the storm calm.
"I'm 100% confident now that I will be ready to go this fall," said Davie to Fox Sports. "I was a half credit short in algebra. I graduated and everything, but I'm still not able to go to Nebraska yet.
"I kinda of panicked and everything, because I didn't know what was gong to happen. But, I talked to Coach Cotton and he said I qualified for a "plus one" program. It's where guys are just a semester or half credit short in a class. They are in the process of finding me a summer class, whether it's online or community college based, where I get the class done. It's only going to be four to five weeks of work, so it shouldn't be too hard."
Expected to be one of the fastest players on the Nebraska team next year, Davie has learned a valuable lesson when it comes to academics.
"I definitely have to hit the books when it matters. I just need to hit them hard. My first two years of high school, I coasted and it put me behind," said the Beatrice product. "It's hard to dig yourself out of a hole. I'm excited to get to Nebraska, where I have a clean slate. I'm going to start off with straight A's.
"It was bad, because I fully expected to pass that class. My mom had already moved to Lincoln and everything, so it was kind of a bad deal. Coach Cotton really calmed down during a stressful situation."
After putting up nearly 1800 yards from scrimmage last season, Davie has not played any organized sports since early November. But despite a shoulder surgery and his academic situation, the 2011 prospect has stayed in shape.
"I got the workout a couple months ago, I have been doing that consistently. I'm up to 190 now, but am trying to keep my speed as well. I don't want to get so big I can't keep my speed. I have been playing catch with our quarterback at Beatrice as well," said Davie. "The goal in year at Nebraska one is to get on the field. I feel like coming in, I'm one of the fastest guys on the team. It's where I have an edge over people, hopefully it gets me on the field. I think for me, it's going to be mental. Trying to remember all the plays and stuff like that. The mental game will be what gets me on or off the field."