After redshirting last season, Nebraska second-year freshman Khalil Davis is fighting for a starting spot at the defensive tackle position with redshirt sophomore Mick Stoltenberg.
“I envision a big role,” said Davis. “Mick is a great defensive tackle. I’m learning from him. He has an extra year and teaches me, but we help each other along the way.”
Last season Davis hit fall camp in the 265 to 270 range. In the last year, he’s packed on the weight and is now playing at 285.
“I thought I could play at that weight, but realizing now going up against 300 pounders all the time, I knew I needed some pounds,” said Davis. “That’s what I did and it helps a lot. You have to fight double-teams all the time.”
Often times incoming freshman are humbled by their introduction to college football. Davis didn’t point to a moment last fall, but actually in the spring, when he realized he had a long way to go to become a solid starting Big Ten defensive tackle.
“Once Coach Parrella got here, he took it to another level,” said Davis. “It wasn’t just standing around. It wasn’t just being on the scout team. It was getting reps with the 1s and 2s.”
The twin brother to fellow defensive tackle Carlos Davis, Khalil stayed at home last season during road games. Carlos meanwhile traveled with the team, despite redshirting, as an emergency defensive tackle.
In the audio below, Khalil talks about his relationship with Carlos and more regarding the defensive tackle spot.
Audio obtained by Mike Wheeler.