Former Panthers RB first from school in 12 years to all-star game

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For all the talent that’s suited up for the Colleyville Heritage football team over the years, there has been little representation in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game. In fact, before the Panthers’ do-everything tailback Connor Davis was selected to participate in this years’ game, it had been 12 years since a Colleyville Heritage player was chosen.

“I got the call from Coach Fuller in class that I was chosen and I called him right back and told him I’d love to do it,” Davis said.

For Davis, who will play for Texas Lutheran in the fall, the game presents an opportunity to compete against some of the best college football athletes the state of Texas has to offer. Davis, though, is familiar playing with plenty of offensive talent. Oklahoma-bound quarterback Cody Thomas, who threw for 4,154 yards and 46 touchdowns last season, started two years alongside Davis. The Panthers also had multiple receivers in Nathan Crouch and Daniel Farrington that had over 1,000 yards receiving. Although listed as a running back, Davis’ main duty was to fit in the Panthers’ offensive attack any which way he could, whether that meant running the ball or receiving.

“For three years he was a huge part of our success,” Colleyville Heritage head coach Mike Fuller said. “He’s very versatile, a great receiver and a great runner. When you have a running back that can run like he can and run routes that well, you have someone special. I think besides quarterback, running back is the most difficult position in our offense. They have to know more than anybody. He’s been invaluable to us.”

Colleyville Heritage will have to find a way to replace the 18 touchdowns and 1,000-plus all-purpose yards Davis registered in 2012 if they hope to be successful. Perhaps spectators at Tuesday night’s All-Star game in Fort Worth will get a glimpse of the versatility that makes Davis so invaluable, though the tailback said he wasn’t sure how the North All-Star coaches were planning to use him.

“I guess we’ll find out,” he said. “It’s just an honor to be here. It’s a great opportunity to be around a bunch of great athletes and surround myself with competition.”

Fuller, serving as chairman of the selection committee, will be able to see first-hand what his former running back accomplishes on Tuesday night. Of course, Fuller knows better than anyone what Davis is capable of.

“He’s so smart. He’s very skilled. He’s a patient runner and a good route runner,” Fuller said. “He’s kind of the whole package.”

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