Andra Davis Ready To Make Name For Himself

From the May 13, 2002 edition of Bernies Insiders. The magazine looks at MLB rookie Andra Davis.

Don't be surprised if Andra Davis has a bit of an identity crisis ... at least to start his pro career.

Davis, from the University of Florida, comes to the Browns as a fifth-round draft choice, the No. 141 overall pick.

But he also arrives as the third of three linebackers chosen by the Browns in 2002 and the second of two Davis's with similar first names. First to be picked was "Andre," a wide receiver grabbed in Round 2.

But there's one member of The Browns with whom Andra Davis will have no problem identifying ... former Gators teammate Gerard Warren.

"We've been real close since Florida," Davis said of his relationship with Warren, the Browns' No. 1 draft pick in 2001. "It's going to be a pleasure to play with him again."

Warren is the godfather of Davis' daughter.

Davis knows he has his work cut out for him with a roster filled not only with veteran linebackers, but also two guys picked before him at the position this year.

The Browns took both Kevin Bentley and Ben Taylor one round before Davis.

"I've just got to come in and work hard," he said. "Everybody is trying to get a job and find a job and all three of us will have to work hard and make the team better."

Davis undoubtedly would have gone higher had it not been for a severe knee injury that cost him all but one game of his junior season.

"I tore my ACL and strained my PCL my junior year at school, but I worked hard that whole year to get back to the position where I'm at now."

Davis finished the 2001 season with 107 tackles, just two shy of his career-best 109 from his sophomore season.

"I know my knee is 100%," he said. "I'm not worried about that."

Head Coach Butch Davis envisions Andra Davis competing for the middle linebacker spot as well as special teams.

"He has a lot of potential as a linebacker and as a special teams player," Davis said. "We felt he would have gone significantly higher if he had not missed the season prior to this one with the knee injury. He was a very, very productive player on Florida's defense two years ago (1999). He was a real presence for them."

Andra Davis
Pick: No. 141 (fifth round)

College: Florida

Position: Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6-0, 244

40-yard dash: 4.77

Birthdate: Dec. 23, 1978

High School: Suwanee (Live Oak, Fla.) High School

Honors: (2001) Associated Press and Football News All-Southwestern Conference first-team selection; semifinalist for Butkus Award; second-team All-American from The Sporting News

Defensive Statistics
1998 11 0 11 8 3 0 1 0 0 0.0-0
1999 12 11 109 74 35 1 2 0 6 3.0-25
2000 1 1 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0-0
2001 11 11 107 68 39 2 1 1 0 2.0-14
TOT. 35 23 232 154 78 3 4 1 6 5.5-39


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