Davenport: 'Expect big things this year'

It's no secret that Washington's secondary needs help. One incoming player, above all others recruited to play in the secondary this fall, is being counted on to come in and play right away and Byron Davenport knows the expectations and he's looking forward to big things this fall.

"Man it's going to a big year, you can mark my words," a jovial Davenport told Dawgman.com. "I'm so pumped to get up there and be part of what they have going on there.

"I've read the stuff (the national media) say about our secondary and I know that we'll be good so I can't wait to show people what we're going to be all about."

The journey to becoming a Husky has been a long and winding road for Davenport. He originally signed with UCLA out of high school and played as a redshirt freshman for the Bruins in 2005.

He wasn't happy in Westwood, so he enrolled at El Camino College, just taking classes and not playing. Now he's champing at the bit to get back out on the field again.

"I keep telling my boys that we're going to tear it up up there this fall," Davenport said. "I call and talk to the coaches all the time and they make sure I'm on top of everything and my classes.

"I know I have the chance to come up there and play right away, it's all just on me to come up there ready to go, so that's why when I hang up the phone with you I'm working out for the second time today."

Davenport claims he ran a 4.42 forty recently and he's also benching 350 right now as well.

"I'm in good shape right now, but I'll be in even better shape when I get up there," Davenport said. "I'm fully loaded with credits (22) and working out hard. It's my job right now and that's how I'm looking at it."

Another thing exciting Davenport besides the ability to play right away is the upcoming schedule.

"I think I read that we have the toughest schedule in the country or close to it," Davenport said. "That's really exciting because I tell my boys all the time, 'I'm going to play against Ohio State!' I mean, how can you not be excited about something like that?

"We also play Cal and USC and UCLA, which is my old school, so it's really exciting that when we win, people can't say we did it against easy opponents."

Davenport said as far as his classes are concerned, he finishes his AA degree in early June and will then take a one-week vacation to Hawaii before flying directly to Seattle.

"I'm going to get up there right away and get into their offseason workouts," Davenport said. "I want the fans to be excited because I'm excited and I think we're going to do big things."

We'll have more from Davenport as we get closer to his graduation date.

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