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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Iron Bowl Hero Davis Now Focused on Being a Charger
Chris Davis will forever be an Auburn Tigers’ icon.
However, the cornerback wants to be known for more than just one play. After signing with the Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent immediately after the draft, he wants to prove to his new team that he is capable of even more in San Diego.
“My life has changed a lot (because of that play), but I’m trying to put that moment behind me and move on to the next phase of my life.”
That may be easier now that he is in San Diego rather than still at school. For instance, the first time Davis returned to class following the play his classmates all stood and gave him a standing ovation.
Still, one single play overshadowed a terrific four year career for the talented cornerback. Davis was a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2013 after notching 74 tackles (second on team), and 14 passes defensed. He is also a capable returner in special teams, ranking third in the nation averaging 18.7 yards per punt return average. As a result, Davis believed he’d be picked as high as the fourth round in the NFL Draft. While that wasn’t in the cards, the 5-10, 201-pounder is eager to prove he deserved to be selected.
“I can’t control that,” he said. “That’s out of my hands. God gave me this opportunity and I’m trying to make the best of it. Whatever I’ve got to do to make the team I’m willing to do that.… I get another chance to play football again. (I get) to come out, compete and try to make this team.”
Largely due to his Iron Bowl heroics, many Chargers fans were excited to see Davis’ name among the team’s rookie free agent signees. Their support means a lot to the young corner, who hopes to reward their faith in him with more plays at the NFL level.
“It means a lot to have some people that don’t even know you think highly of you,” he said. “I’m here to embrace that moment and hopefully make plays for the Chargers.”