Former Panthers running back stands tall in All-Star game

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Connor Davis just wanted to get better and take some momentum to Seguin with him. He also made a little history.

The former Colleyville Heritage running back became the first player in 11 years to represent the school at the Texas High School Coaches All-Star game at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium. Brandon Fails was the last in 2002.

Admittedly, Davis wasn’t the first choice to be selected for this game. But it really doesn’t matter how you get there. It’s just that you get there. Davis played for the north squad along with Carroll’s Tanner Jacobson.

“I think that it’s cool that my name was selected or even suggested to be a part of this,” Davis said last week. “Coach [Mike] Fuller asked me back in February that if he nominated me, would I go. I jumped at the chance.”

Consider the uniqueness of this moment. Tuesday’s game was the 79th edition. There are only 76 players in the game, 38 on each roster. So bringing some identity to Colleyville Heritage speaks for itself.

“It’s a huge honor for Connor and our school,” said Colleyville Heritage coach Mike Fuller, who was on the THSCA all-star selection committee. “This is the most prestigious of all the all-star games. And it’s really hard to get into these. So the fact that he’s there speaks a lot to what kind of player he is.”

Without question, Davis got the max from his three-year tenure with the Panthers because of his versatility. He could play running back. He could play receiver. Davis just gave this program options, which is why it enjoyed great 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Colleyville Heritage won 28 games.

He accounted for 2,373 total offensive rushing and receiving yards, 1,077 rushing and 1,296 receiving.

Texas Lutheran noticed. The Division III school in Seguin is giving him a chance to extend his career.

“It’s going to be a sweet opportunity to play with a bunch of good athletes,” Davis said. “I wanted to use this practice time as a means for training camp when I get to Texas Lutheran. But I want to soak everything in.”

Davis was on a roster with other players ticketed to such Division I programs as Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU and TCU. He started his experience last Friday afternoon when he checked into the dorms on the TCU campus.

From there the North coach, Stephenville’s Joseph Gillespie, and his squad did their set of practices with the spread offense. Only three really good days go into the workouts.

Still, the camaraderie is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Davis (5-10, 190) also wanted to prove a point. Given that he may be as big the top athletes, he wanted to show he could play.

“I know I was going to be one of the shorter guys out there versus all those Division I programs,” Davis said. “And I’m sure I was overlooked. But I know I can compete. I remember going against [Irving MacArthur and Baylor signee] safety Taion Sells specifically and made him miss.”

If Davis didn’t have this chance, then he likely would have been a student messing around with the intramural sports or taking a chance as a walk-on with Oklahoma. Now, Davis gave a name to many good players who are in the Colleyville Heritage program or are about to come through it. He reports to Seguin on Aug. 13.

“Everything I went through over the years to get here was worth it,” Davis said. “Obviously, the Division I level matters. But it’s all good competition. I’m excited to see what I can do in college.”

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