8 youthful questions for Scott Davis

HE'S A THREE-YEAR STARTER and two-time All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick who was once dubbed by The Sporting News as the biggest defensive playmaker in the Pac-10. Yet Cougar linebacker and team captain Scott Davis is one of the most unassuming people you could possibly meet.

Last week the Tri-Cities senior took time to answer a few questions from me -- a 13-year-old Cougar fan -- as part of a new weekly column aimed at asking WSU players the questions adults don't seem to think of asking.

CF.C: What character in a movie would you most like to be?

Davis: (laughs) I would have to say, I would want to be the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. How come? Because he just destroys everything and he's unbreakable and no one can touch him. He just did whatever he wanted to do and no one could stop him.

The File On
Kennewick, Wash.

Outside linebacker

Fifth-year senior

5-11, 236 pounds

Oregon State, Idaho and others.

This week's Arizona game will mark the 33rd start of his career and 31st straight.

Needs just 18 more tackles to become one of only 16 players in WSU history to record 250+ total stops in a career. He's been a stat machine this season, registering 51 total tackles, four sacks and six quarterback hurries while forcing two fumbles and recovering two more.

A three-year starter and all-league performer at running back and linebacker for Kamiakin High. Rushed for a record 4,457 yards and 61 TDs. On defense he had 26 sacks and 28 forced fumbles. Also a standout in basketball and track.

In the 2004 Apple Cup he made 10 tackles, had a sack and caused a fumble that Will Derting recovered for a TD.

Has two brothers and one sister.

CF.C: What's the biggest reason you chose Washington State when you were being recruited?

Davis: It was close to home, close to family. I could see my mom whenever I wanted to -- you know, I'm kind of a momma's boy, so it was close enough to see her.

CF.C: What NFL team would you most like to play for?

Davis: Oh that's a tough one. I would have to say the Bears, to play with Urlacher (Brian Urlacher), or the Ravens to play with Ray Lewis. I think those are the two greatest linebackers right now, and I think it would be fun to play for either one of those teams.

CF.C: If you could be a Superhero, which one would you choose?

Davis: Which one would you want to be? I like Superman. He's got a lot of powers. I would want to be like Mr. Fantastic that can stretch, cause you wouldn't have to get up to get food -- you could just stretch wherever you needed to stretch. I am kinda lazy so being able to stretch anywhere would be awesome.

CF.C: Which one of your teammates would you most want to be your coach?

Davis: I'd have to say Eric Frampton just 'cause he makes practice fun, and he's intense and he makes you laugh. Or Steve Dildine, 'cause he's a funny guy. Everyday I could hang out with Dildine -- he makes me laugh. I think he would make a good coach.

CF.C: What has been the most memorable moment so far in your WSU career?

Davis: Definitely the last Apple Cups have been two of the greatest moments in my college career. Just winning them and doing well in them. And then I would say the Oregon State game (this year) 'cause I had three big sacks that helped win the game for us. I would say the Oregon game was the most fun for me because the whole game was a battle and we won.

CF.C.: Which NFL player plays the most similar to you?


Davis: That's a hard question. Maybe 51 (Lofa Tatapu) from the Seahawks because he's everywhere the ball is -- he's always making plays and I feel like I get to the ball a lot so I would pick him.

CF.C: If you could witness any event in history, which one would you choose?

Davis: Any event in history -- man you've got some good questions. I gotta think about this a little bit! I'd have to say just back in the day when the Romans ruled the world and they had a big empire, and they had all the gold, the Gladiators and the Coliseum. I think it would be a fun time to be a part of just to see how magnificent they were.

Hayden Eller is an eighth grader at Chelan Middle School. He is 13 years old and plays quarterback and free safety for the Pirates of Chelan Middle School. His addiction to Cougar Football started on a Saturday afternoon four years ago when he saw his first game, a WSU win over Idaho. Ever since he has been bleeding crimson and gray. His father is a WSU graduate (1985) and has instilled a passion for WSU since birth. He even insisted on naming his dog Butch, after the WSU mascot. He is currently working on turning his little brother and his mom into avid Coug fans too.

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