Davis Is A Team Player

On signing day Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said that Tyler (John Tyler) defensive end Eric Davis was another of those good "blue collar" guys with a great work ethic that he loved to have in his program, but what Gundy did not mention that we knew was Davis is a huge team player that made a sacrifice in his senior season that helped turn the whole season around for the Lions.

Defensive end is a little less congested and a whole lot more fun to play than inside with the constant hand to hand combat and the big bodies that defensive tackles have to deal with.

After losses to Lufkin (34-31), rival Longview (38-22) and crosstown rival Tyler Lee (39-30), Davis was asked to move inside. He did and the Lions went on an eight-game winning streak that led them all the way to the regional finals. It started with a 65-6 win over Hallsville.

"I got used to playing inside and it worked," said Davis. "I learned to play just a little bit lower. You have to because it is a different game inside than it is out at defensive end."

The Lions ran through their district to clinch the championship, but in the playoffs posted some really nice wins including a 46-14 win over Texarkana, a 42-39 shootout win with one of the top rated teams in Texas Class 4A in Highland Park, and a 45-21 win over Sherman before losing in the semifinal game 51-20 to Waco Midway. Besides team success, Davis enjoyed individual success too. He was named the 4A-14 Defensive Lineman of the Year. He finished with 64 tackles, a big number for a player inside, 10 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hurries and five passes broken up.

Originally committed to Texas A&M, Davis realized even before the coaching change at College Station that he fit better in the Oklahoma State 4-3 defensive front rather than the 3-4 that A&M employs most of the time.

"The recruiting process was long. I figured out where I really wanted to play," said Davis of his decision. "I like the defense they run. I feel it's a good fit for me."

The intent is for Davis to be back at defensive end at Oklahoma State.

"Yes sir, that is something I am waiting on," he said smiling.

Gundy did say that if Davis, who has a big frame did get up to 280 pounds or so he could move inside and take that quickness and athleticism with him. That might be enough to keep him watching what he eats at the Cowboys training table, but the good thing that Gundy and defensive coordinator Bill Young know is that if Davis is needed inside to help the team he will answer the call.


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