Hard to believe, but there are under 60 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer I embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. So far this year, we're batting a thousand, so drop me notes of encouragement now and again so I can find the strength to get through the next couple months without breaking the streak.
We've got 56 days until kickoff...so today we'll take a look at #56 on the Boise State roster—John Michael Davis
#56, John Michael Davis, Redshirt Freshman, LB
Weight: 210 lbs.
High School: Tesoro High School, Las Flores, CA
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Davis was the highest rated commit of the 2009 class—receiving 4 stars from Scout.com and a 74 grade by ESPN. Davis was also the 13th ranked weakside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com in 2009. Playing linebacker and safety for Santa Margarita High and Tesoro High, Davis just got more and more impressive as his prep career developed. Davis was a four-year letter winner in football and was named first-team all-state as a sophomore, second-team all-state as a junior, and second-team all-conference as a senior. In his four years in action, Davis racked up 255 tackles, 9 sacks, and 8 interceptions. Davis was also offered by New Mexico.
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Emaciated Carson Daly.
Earned four varsity football letters. Earned all-state or all-conference honors from sophomore year on. Named to the honor roll every semester of high school.
Injury plagued senior year at Tesoro and injury plagued redshirt campaign.
I think that many Bronco fans are eager to see what Davis can do, but unsure exactly where and when we'll get to see it. The 2009 class brought two excellent linebackers on board in Davis and Allen Mooney, and both were expected to contribute sooner than later, but both have been hampered by injuries that have rendered them scarce or ineffective since arriving on campus. The two-linebacker scheme that the Broncos have employed since 2008 obviously whittles down the number of linebacker slots and forces the Broncos to go with the two LBs that are not only the most efficient, but the most versatile. In effect, the Broncos no longer have a "SAM" 'backer and a "WILL" 'backer, but generically, an outside linebacker and a middle linebacker. Since Davis has played safety, I think that he projects more as an outside linebacker than a middle linebacker, and thus, will have to contend with JC Percy, Aaron Tevis, and Matt Wilson for playing time. Tevis' athleticism and height make him a popular choice to retain his position at the top of the depth chart and JC Percy, who impressed last year as a freshman, will be a close second or get the "OR" tag. I think that Davis will be able to work in on certain sets this season and might be called on for blitz packages.
The bottom line for Davis is that unless the Broncos go back to a base 4-3 defense, playing time will be at a premium. He'll need to get healthy and impress coaches enough to swap spots with either Tevis or Percy to make any kind of impact in 2010—the two-deep at both LB positions are nearly interchangeable, but not the three-deep. His redshirt year wasn't as fruitful as he'd probably hoped with the injuries and he was very limited in Spring camp this year as well. Davis has the tools to be a big contributor, but needs to have a very big Fall camp.
Completely made up fact
Davis' full name is John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt Michael Davis. The third.