It’s been a long road for UTSA Wide Receiver Dannon Cavil.
Three full seasons have past since the San Antonio-native has played in an actual football game.
As a promising three-star prospect from Madison High School, Cavil signed with the Oklahoma Sooners as part of their 2013 recruiting class. He enrolled early hoping to climb the depth chart and earn playing time.
But he never played a down in two seasons with the Sooners and in the spring of 2015, Cavil transferred to UTSA.
“A major reason was my family,” Cavil said about transferring to UTSA. “My mother had gone through some things and it was time to come back home.”
Cavil was hoping to obtain a hardship waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play the 2015 season. But the request was denied.
“Part of me feels like it was missing, like I was feeling empty,” said Cavil.
To compound things, UTSA would go through their worst season in program history and make a change to the coaching staff that recruited Cavil.
“That was a tough pill to swallow,” Cavil said about having to sit and watch the team struggle last season. “I also got injured. So during that time I had to reflect on why I came here.”
But now, the long road back to the football field has come to an end. And with every ending comes a new beginning. Cavil is fully eligible in 2016 and says he’s ready to contribute.
“We got the new coaching staff coming in, we couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Cavil. “I’m coming here I know some things from where I was at. I want to help take this program to the next level, help this team win big games and championships.”
Cavil says he has noticed a new level of energy at practices as compared to last season.
“There’s a level of intensity at every practice,” said Cavil. “Everybody’s job is up for grabs. It’s just breeding competition everyday.”
At 6’4” and 225lbs, Cavil is listed on UTSA’s two-deep depth chart as backup WR (X). But he says he’s hoping to change that.
“I feel like I can work my way to starting in two-a-days (camp),” said Cavil.
Cavil participated in a lot of the workouts over the summer and got a good look at quarterbacks Dalton Sturm and Jared Johnson. He chimed in on the competition for QB1.
“I like both our guys. Either way we go we’re going to be good. They’re making each other better. Iron sharpens iron.”
The journey back to the field is something that isn’t lost on Cavil.
“Missing it is a great hunger; it’s a fuel to my fire,” said Cavil. “I feel blessed to be here.”
Cavil is listed as a junior on UTSA’s roster. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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