Pack Pride Profile: CB A.J. Davis

NC State will be counting on CB AJ Davis to solidify one of their starting CB slots this year. We break Davis down and evaluate him for the 2005 season.

AJ Davis

Junior Cornerback

No. 3

Nickname- Peanut

5-10, 180 pounds

Northern Durham (NC) High School

2003 stats

- In 2003, Davis collected 28 tackles, nine pass-breakups and one interception.

- In 2003, Davis was in for a total of 403 plays. He recorded a tackle, pass-breakup or interception on 9% of the plays (38).

2004 stats

- Last season, Davis collected 34 tackles and six pass breakups.

- In 2004, Davis was in for a total of 365 plays. He recorded a tackle or pass-breakup on 11% of the plays (40).

Awards

- None

High School Accolades

- 5 star prospect and No. 1 CB in the nation by Tom Lemming

- No. 24 player in the nation regardless of position by TheInsiders.com

- Parade All-American

-Selected to US Army All-Star contest

-all area

2005 Outlook

- While he may not have taken a step back in 2004, it would be safe to say AJ Davis made a side step at the very least last season. Considered one of the nation's top CB's exiting high school, Davis had a solid freshman campaign but was in for 38 fewer plays as a sophomore although he did produce six more tackles. There is no questioning that Davis has to become a major contributor in 2005 as he will be counted on to start at CB opposite Marcus Hudson. He has all the physical ability in the world and is nearly three years removed from an ankle injury that forced him to miss the entire 2002 season. Given his speed, athleticism and two full years of action under his belt, Davis could prove to be a key for a defensive backfield that should benefit greatly from one of the nation's top defensive lines.

Recognition potential

- Davis certainly won't enter the 2005 season as anyone's choice for preseason all-conference honors but there's no doubt he has the physical ability to prove he's one of the conference's top corners. Davis has the flair and ability to turn a game but he'll need to show that he can consistently shut down opposing wide receivers game in and game out.


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