Frank Davis Among Lions 53-Man Active Roster

Allen Park, Mich. – Among the players included on the Detroit Lions 53-man active roster to begin the 2006 NFL regular season is G Frank Davis, a native of Panama City, Panama, and a former University of South Florida Bull.

Former Bull Frank Davis

Allen Park , Mich.Among the players included on the Detroit Lions 53-man active roster to begin the 2006 NFL regular season is G Frank Davis, a native of Panama City , Panama .  

Since signing with the Lions on May 4, 2006, Davis, who speaks fluent English and Spanish, has battled for a roster spot on the offensive unit. During his short stint with the club, he has impressed the staff.  

"I'm really impressed with this young man," said Head Coach Rod Marinelli after announcing the team's 53-man active roster Saturday, September 2. "One, there's a guy that's 326 pounds whose strapped up. You've seen him, he's in great physical condition. All he's done is work and improve and knock people down. The best way to say it is that he's knocked people on their back.  

"And he is a hungry man. This guy is hungry to earn a living, he's looking for work. Everyday he's been out looking for work and he's proved that. He's tough and the thing that's impressive as anything is how he's stayed in there all day – studies and works on the offense. That's what you want to be around.  

Despite being considered raw by some due his background, none of that has held Davis back in his development since joining the team this past spring.  

"That's what amazes us, and caught us off guard too is how quickly he's picked this thing up," said Marinelli. "But when you are really hungry to want something, you find a way to do it. If there's something you really want, and really want – some guys kind of want it – this guy, you can tell. He came out every day, has not missed a practice, not missed a snap, works and is out there getting better.  

"You don't find a big man like that who can move. His feet, his balance, you've seen him run. He can run and he can hit. If we would have tried to get him on the practice squad, there's no way he'd be there – he's on someone else's roster."  

Though born in New York City in 1981, Davis returned to Panama with his Panamanian mother, Delia Richards, when he was three months old. During his high school days, Davis ' high school did not have a football program, so he learned the game playing for Panama 's football club leagues.  

Davis represented his country on the under-19 national team at the 2000 Global Junior Football Championships in Atlanta , Ga. The Global Junior Football Championship has been an official Super Bowl event for the past 10 years.  

Following his participation in the 2000 GJFC, he was recruited by South Florida , and was offered an opportunity to join the Bulls' football program. Davis entered the program as a defensive lineman but was quickly converted to the offensive line.  

He steadily improved during his early college years, as he earned more playing time as his career progressed. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, Davis played in nine games at left guard and left tackle and had one start that season. As a sophomore, he started five games at left guard, including the final four of the 2003 season. During his junior year, Davis started the first six games until an ankle injury sidelined him until he returned for the final game in 2004.  

As a senior, Davis was named second-team All-Big East after starting all 12 games (11 at left guard and one at left tackle). In back-to-back seasons, he was a main piece to a strong rushing attack. Davis helped pave the way for RB Andre Hall to set school single-season rushing records in 2004 and 2005, as well as the school's career rushing record.  

Davis is considered the first pure Panamanian to make an NFL 53-man active roster.  


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Detroit Offensive Lineman Frank Davis - Photo by Gavin Smith/Lions

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