Q & A With Reggie Davis

Pack junior tailback Reggie Davis tallied 252 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns a season ago, finishing second on team in rushing. This year, the 6-1, 233-pound Tallahassee, Fla., native will battle for starting honors with sophomores Darrell Blackman and Bobby Washington, and possibly rookies Toney Baker and Andre Brown.

Davis showed that he'll be ready for the competition by bulling his way for 72 yards on 12 carries in last weekend's Red-White Game, including a seven-yard touchdown run. He also grabbed two passes for 11 yards out of the backfield and showed quick feet and good decision-making near the goal line. Afterwards, he took some time out to talk about this spring and his prospects for the 2005 season.

With so many tailbacks, how is everybody going to get touches?
[Laughing] I don't know, man. I guess it's just going to be the man who works the hardest – and I feel like I'm working pretty hard now. I'm going to keep the work up so I can be in that starting position.

Did it feel good to get some contact out here and how did you feel about your scrimmage?
I think it was a good scrimmage, because I improve every time we have a scrimmage. And I think I do a lot of things better from the first scrimmage to now.

It looks like they'll be using you in a few different places. Is that something you welcome?
I'm pretty sure I'll be playing tailback. I might help them out on a couple of special teams here and there and some other positions where they need me, but I'm pretty sure I'll be a tailback.

All offense, or maybe some defense?
All offense.

What about the rumors about you playing some linebacker?
[Laughing] Those are just rumors, man. Just rumors.

How much better does it make you to go against this defensive line every day in practice?
Oh, man. They make it real good. Those guys, they play hard, and I appreciate them playing hard because it gets me better and makes me have to play harder.

It looks like there will be more formations with an H-back or fullback. As a tailback, do you prefer to see a guy in front of you paving the way?
I like that because it gives me a better opportunity to make a move and show another part of my game.

You appeared to be the most effective back near the goal line. Is that a role you're trying to nail down?
Yeah, because I feel like, when we're in the red zone, we need to score. We've got great kickers and stuff, but I feel like, if we can we get our offense to score [touchdowns], we'll be pretty good.

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