Super 30 No. 13: Daniel Davis has a much brighter future in football than the sport he obsesses over

BY JUSTIN HARPER, STAFF WRITER, JHARPER@OPUBCO.COM Modified: June 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm •  Published: June 25, 2010
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photo - Norman North's Daniel Davis has already locked up a scholarship to Stanford. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN
Norman North's Daniel Davis has already locked up a scholarship to Stanford. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

"We switched to the 3-4 last year, and I didn't realize how different it was going to be," Davis said.

Thanks to finishing fourth in Class 6A with 13 sacks as a sophomore, Davis was consistently double-teamed as a junior. The move to the 3-4 also limited his sack total, but he still recorded seven in nine games.

"Well, I was looking forward to getting 20 or so," Davis said. "That may be a high goal, but we'll see this season."

Davis totaled 76 tackles and an interception (which he returned for a touchdown) on defense and averaged 24.3 yards per reception and scored three times on 13 catches from the tight end spot. This season, in order to further utilize Davis' skills, he'll play H-back on offense. That will allow him to line up in the slot as a receiver or in the backfield as a runner.

Norman North coach Lance Manning knows he has a premier player in Davis. In fact, in discussing the state's top players, no name emerged whom the coach would rather have on his roster than Davis.

That's the sort of confidence Davis instills in coaches and teammates alike. And having already achieved that, there's even less reason to zero totally in on football at the moment. So, for the time being, pool basketball it is.

"We'd probably play all day and night if we could," Davis said. "But someone called the police on us for playing too late one time. So, had to shut it down."

Come fall, when Davis starts making noise on the football field, opposing coaches won't have that luxury.



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