Terps' V. Davis training hard for NFL draft

OWINGS MILLS – Deriving the winning formula for blue-chip University of Maryland tight end Vernon Davis' speed and physique isn't all that complicated.

Mix an uncommon work ethic, strong genetics, proper training and NFL-approved EAS supplements, and it's not hard to see how Davis developed into one of the most conditioned and fastest-rising draft prospects.

As remarkable as Davis' feats were on the field, so, too, was his showing at the NFL scouting combine where he notched a 4.38 clocking in the 40-yard dash, 33 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press and a 42-inch vertical leap. All were the top showings for tight ends and the 40-yard dash time was the fastest ever for a tight end in combine history.

Davis' 40-yard dash time was tied by diminutive University of Miami wideout Sinorice Moss, who's seven inches shorter and 70 pounds lighter than the 6-foot-3, 254-pound tight end.

The physical specimen holds the Terrapins' tight end records for the bench press (460 pounds), power clean (355 pounds), vertical jump (40 inches), squat (685 pounds) and 40-yard dash time (4.41 seconds).

Davis, who trained at Athletes Performance in Arizona, has endorsed NFL-certified EAS brand supplements.
"EAS is a major factor in what I did at the combine," Davis said in a telephone interview. "I'd never taken nutritional supplements when I was in college and I just started. It has really helped me make positive changes in my body and training."

Davis joined an EAS roster that includes Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown and Washington Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers.

"The EAS products definitely helps me," Davis said. "I take pride in watching what I eat, keeping my body in shape and staying in the weight room. This is serious business."

Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for Ravens Insider and the Carroll County Times.

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