Dual athlete aids basketball team in upcoming playoffs

Cru basketball and football have one thing in common — Damian Davis. He played football through his senior season for the university. After finishing his last season on the gridiron, Davis decided to turn to his second love, the game of basketball.

An athlete playing two sports at the college level is a rare sight, although Davis played both sports in high school.

It takes one talented and devoted athlete to be able to cross between the two challenging, physical and rewarding sports that Davis decided to pursue.

He is known for amazing catches and multiple touchdowns on the football field playing wide receiver, but Davis is also making a name for himself on the basketball court.

The junior interdisciplinary studies major is proving his athletic versatility. As to what kind of athlete it takes to transition from playing football to basketball at the college level, head basketball Coach Ken DeWeese said, “If a guy is a top-notch quality athlete, well conditioned and mentally tough, the transformation is usually quick.”

Davis said he started playing basketball and football when he was just 7 years old and has been playing the two ever since.

Although he didn’t play basketball at the college level until the 2011-2012 season, Davis’ passion for the game was still there. He played intramural basketball to help keep his basketball skills from high school.

Davis was one of the starting receivers for the football team his senior season.

He played his football career for the Cru as a wide receiver, leading the team with the most receiving yards of the season with 928 yards and nine touchdowns during the 2011 season.

Davis is no stranger to making the big play and finding ways to win games.

He said, “My favorite part about football is scoring touchdowns.”

More than just his amazing ability to play sports, Davis is known for his positive attitude in practice and in the game.

Head football Coach Pete Fredenburg said, “Damian’s huge strength was he is always very positive with his attitude towards work, and it was fun coaching a person with such positive qualities.”

Some might say that Davis’ ability to stay positive helped him keep focused, relaxed and make plays when they were in need.

DeWeese said, “Damian likes basketball, looks forward to practice and games and is energized when he gets there.  As a coach, it is hard for me to think of a better situation than having guys that really look forward to practice every day.”

 

Author: Michael Murphy

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