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40 Willie Davis
Willie  Davis

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wilmington, N.C.

High School:
Laney H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 185

Position:
S

Experience:
1L

WORTH NOTING: HHighly regarded safety who gained valuable experience last season ? extremely talented ? hard hitter who the coaches like ? made 33 tackles last season, the third-most in school history by a true freshman defensive back ? was one of five true freshmen to start the bowl game vs. West Virginia last season ??more than half of his tackles came in starting assignments (18 of 33).

AT VIRGINIA: 2002?Played in 11 games and started five games overall, including the last four ? 33 tackles ranked third among team?s true freshmen ? returned eight kickoffs for an average of 23.4 yards per return ? made three stops in punt coverage and four in kickoff coverage ??made his debut in kickoff coverage in the opener vs. Colorado State ? saw his first action from scrimmage against Florida State in the second week ? was in on five tackles, including three solos ? also handled the kickoff return duties, averaging 21.4 yards on five returns ? his longest return was 26 yards on his first attempt ? had a big game in the upset of South Carolina ? caused two ball disruptions in the contest ? recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half ? caused a fumble by the USC quarterback deep in UVa territory in the fourth quarter ? returned three kickoffs for a 26.7-yard average with a long return of 31 yards ? missed the Wake Forest game due to an injury, but came back with five tackles the next week vs. Duke ? started at an outside linebacker position vs. North Carolina and made two tackles, but was hurt and missed the next two games ? moved into the starting lineup at safety in his first game back against N.C. State and was in on two tackles ? made a career-high six tackles vs. Maryland and broke up a pass ? intercepted his first pass on Virginia Tech?s first drive to set up a field goal ??was in on five tackles against West Virginia in the bowl game ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-way starter who saw time at tailback, wide receiver, and safety for coach Gordon Walters at Laney High School ? PrepStar All-American ? five-stars by Max Emfinger ? listed as the #12 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep ? Prep Football Report?s #43 player in the Mid-Atlantic Coast region ? rated as #3 defensive back in the Atlantic region by PrepStar? as a senior he rushed for 1,757 yards, averaged 11.3 yards per carry, and 19 touchdowns, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and caught five touchdown passes ? made 68 tackles and had three interceptions on defense ? team was state runner-up that season with a 15-1 record ? selected for the 2002 U.S. Army High School and All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas ? rushed for 1200 yards and averaged 10 yards per carry his junior year ? intercepted seven passes as a junior ? also an outstanding player on Laney?s basketball team.

PERSONAL: William Antonio Davis ? born 2-29-84 in Wilmington, N.C. ? son of Walter and Rosa Davis ? interested in science.

Davis Defensively

Year G Plys S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int QBH BlK
2002 11 358 18 15 33 1-3 0 1 1 2 1 0 0

Davis Interceptions

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD
2002 11 1 22 22.0 22 0

Davis Kickoff Returns

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD
2002 11 8 187 23.4 31 0

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