• His story: The 6-2, 225-pound senior played running back in youth football, but has spent the majority of his high school career at outside linebacker. Last year, as a junior, he was used offensively in certain short-yardage packages. In the spring, Aledo coach Tim Buchanan decided to move him full time to the offensive backfield. In his first start as a running back last week against Highland Park in the Tom Landry Classic, Davis broke loose for 111 yards and three TDs on the ground, adding another 20 yards on three receptions.
His goal: “I just want to go play football for a really good school and get a good degree. If the NFL comes, then the NFL comes, but I want to take it one step at a time right now.”
He said: “I was kind of weary about the move to offense at first. I wasn’t very sure because I hadn’t played offense in a really long time. But as soon as I got over there and started taking some reps, I just fell in love with it. I love playing on the offensive side of the ball. I just want to be the best player I can for my team and hopefully help anyway I can to get our team back to the state championship game.
“Everybody gets nervous before a game, but when I got back there I just decided I was going to have fun with it — throw all the worries aside and just go have some fun. It’s a game. The line was blocking everybody they needed to and the receivers really help out the running game for us. The threat on the outside really helped me get the ball up the middle every once in a while. Honestly, I wasn’t really all that pleased with my performance, but everybody told me I did a pretty good job, so I guess I’ll take their word for it.”
Coach Tim Buchanan said: “He did a really good job in the spring gaining yards against our defense, which is not an easy thing to do at times. We just liked what we saw — that he can make things happen for us at the running back position. He’s got a lot of potential as an offensive player. He only weighed about 210 pounds last year; he’s added about 15 pounds. And, his speed has increased. He’s gotten faster every year. He was about a 5.1, 40-yard dash kid his freshman year, and now going into his senior year he’s a low 4.7 kid. The bigger he’s got, the faster he’s got, which is not usually the way things work. The biggest thing I think we need to do is get him the ball more out of the backfield throwing the ball to him.”
Interesting note: Davis has already been offered a scholarship to play fullback for the Air Force Academy. Other schools have also shown interest, including one Big 12 program.
Special to the Star-Telegram
Aledo fullback Daythan Davis said he fell in love with offense once he started taking some practice repititions.
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