Just a few weeks ago, Aaron Davis was trying to hit the field as a linebacker, fast forward to today, and the sophomore has a strong hold on the starting defensive tackle spot.
"He has come in and done a nice job for us there. If I had to go to war tomorrow, he would be our guy," said SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason. "We are going to have to do some different things with him because he is a bit undersized. But he is one of those guys that if you get in a street fight, you want him with you. Because they are going to have to kill him, because his motor doesn't stop."
A native of California, Davis anchored one of the best defenses in the state his senior year in 2006. He finished the year 3rd in the state with tackles at 206.
"When they asked me to move to DT, I didn't mind because I felt like I could play there and be effective," said Davis to PonyStampede.com. "I want to get on the field anyway that I can, so I have been trying to make the most out of my opportunity."
With the graduation of Chris Parham, the Mustang's 3-4 defensive scheme as a major hole in it. The original hope was that true freshman Michael O'Guin along with Jimmy Chase would be able to pick up the slack. So far, O'Guin has showed he is not ready for more than a couple snaps a game, and Chase has been moved to defensive end.
"So far the transition has gone smooth. I need to get better with my technique and do a better job with my placing my hands inside on the offensive lineman," said Davis. "I feel like I am getting better with my technique everyday. Coach Hill does a great job coaching and I feel like I have learned a lot from him."
"I think that I have been blessed with a great motor and great mind. People think that I am a little crazy and I put too much effort in sometimes, but that is the way that my dad has taught me to play from a young age. Every time you step on the field your reputation is on the line. I want to be known as a guy who play physical and violently and stays with the play longer than his opponent."