Butte's Davidson explodes onto the scene

Teams are always looking for a game-changing running back and Butte's Travis Davidson (6-0, 180) has definitely shown himself to be just that. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented runner recently and he updated us on things including what makes him such a dangerous threat as well as why it took him until his sophomore season to show what he can do on the football field...

Davidson enjoyed an outstanding prep career at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan but was unable to get a qualifying test score, so he decided to go the JUCO route.

"California plays the top JC football in the country and Butte was the school everyone talked about," Davidson told JCFootball.com. "I didn't realize how good of a program it was until I got out here though."

As a freshman, Davidson was relegated to spot duty behind Ricky Barr, a sophomore back who already had experience in Butte's system.

"At first, they moved me to wide receiver, but then they decided they needed me more at running back, so I got a few carries every game there from about the midway point of the season," Davidson recalled. "I'll do anything to help my team win, but running back is where I fit best and that's something I set out to prove this season."

Playing the feature back role for the Roadrunners this season, Davidson has put up impressive numbers rushing for 913 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first six games of the season.

"I have good speed (4.34) and that helps me get into space," Davidson said. "I'm not a guy who only runs outside though.

"With our system, we run inside a lot, so you have to be physical enough to run up in-between the tackles. I feel like I can do either one well and can make plays."

Recruiting has yet to start picking up for the talented back, but his coach seems to think things will start picking up sooner rather than later.

"He's a special back and teams will start seeing that soon," Butte offensive coordinator Robbie Snelling told JCFootball.com. "He didn't play much running back for us last year, so schools need to see a little more of him as a back, but definitely can be a special player in the right system."

Davidson is on pace to finish up his AA in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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