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NKySteeler
05-15-2008, 08:04 PM
I had posted this elsewhere, and it drew a pretty good response "banter-wise"... I personally like the guy. I had heard the story about how he had sacked the qb a few times, then got up and "egged-on" the opposing crowd. ... He has potential for "Joey Porter" type leadership on the field and locker room. He has guts as well... During one game last season he came off the field hurt/worn-out, but after the commercial break he was right back on the field....

What's the other opinions about him?
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Davis doesn't have to look far for advice
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com

If rookie linebacker Bruce Davis has any questions about life in the NFL, he won’t have to go far for an answer. The Steelers third-round draft pick from UCLA only has to pick up his phone and call home.

His father, Bruce Davis, Sr., played offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, a career that spanned from 1979-89.

“It was the best experience that I could have as a little boy,” said Davis. “Every kid wants to grow up being like their dad, and I’m no exception. It just so happens that my dad was an NFL football player.


“He was always there for me growing up. He would help me scout out the guys that I would be playing the next week in college. He has been a great tool to have.”

Davis started every game last season for UCLA at right defensive end and amassed a team-high 12 tackles. He also led the Bruins with 15.5 tackles for a loss.

He will make a change in the NFL, though, as the Steelers plan on using him at outside linebacker. It’s something that he welcomes.

“I actually played outside linebacker my sophomore year at UCLA,” said the 6-3, 252 pound Davis. “I went to the Senior Bowl as an outside linebacker. I feel very comfortable and feel that I have the skills to do so.”

And the Steelers feel just as comfortable with him making that move. He won’t immediately be earmarked at the right or left outside spot, but instead work on both sides to see if he can be a player who can give the team some options.

“We’ve got to have somebody that can swing, play the left and right,” said linebackers coach Keith Butler. “We think he can do that and we think he can play inside linebacker if he had too. Coach (Dick) LeBeau liked that aspect of him from guys he’s had here in the past.”

The Steelers have a long tradition of converting defensive ends in a 4-3, to outside linebackers in the 3-4. They did so with Jason Gildon, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, all of them having success.

“That’s a great sign,” said Davis. “There is definitely a rich tradition at outside linebacker. It is a great feeling to know that the coaching staff, and hopefully the people of Pittsburgh feel the same way about me. I know the tradition that I have to carry on. Tradition is very important to me.”

stlrz d
05-15-2008, 09:47 PM
I'm really excited about this guy.

NKySteeler
05-15-2008, 09:50 PM
I'm really excited about this guy.

I think he's gonna be a beast.... Not sure how much PT he'll get right out of the gate, though....

LasVegasGuy
05-15-2008, 10:03 PM
I'm really excited about this guy.

I think he's gonna be a beast.... Not sure how much PT he'll get right out of the gate, though....

Can't have too many wedge busters on special teams until he is ready to play.

NKySteeler
05-15-2008, 10:17 PM
Can't have too many wedge busters on special teams until he is ready to play.

Agreed.... But I could see them working him into the lineup.... Who knows till camp...

Shawn
05-15-2008, 10:38 PM
Davis probably won't see the field much this year barring injury. But, if he shows his worth...believe this...Harrison will be tried out as an ILB come next training camp.

NKySteeler
05-15-2008, 10:42 PM
Davis probably won't see the field much this year barring injury. But, if he shows his worth...believe this...Harrison will be tried out as an ILB come next training camp.

Question: ...How many more years does Harrison have on his deal? Would this become an issue in any way?

Shawn
05-15-2008, 10:47 PM
I believe he is signed for the next two seasons. Could it become an issue? Yes. Will it? I sure hope not. The guy can play and I think he would thrive as an ILB personally.

RuthlessBurgher
05-16-2008, 10:37 AM
Davis' role as a rookie this year should be pretty much the same as Woodley's role as a rookie last year. Gets a few plays here and there to come in as a pass rusher, giving the other guys a bit of a breather to keep them fresh. Also some special teams too.

I hope that their idea to expose him to the both strong side and weak side OLB duties right off the bat (so that he can be their "swing" guy) does not stunt his development by putting too much on his plate all at once. Sometimes it is better to have rookies focus on learning one thing so they can do it well before adding other responsibilities.

steeld95
05-16-2008, 11:50 AM
Once this guy gets some more muscle on him, he will be a stud. We can definitely use a speed rusher and he fits that bill. He definitely has room to add some muscle to that frame though which he will need in this league.

calmkiller
05-16-2008, 12:11 PM
I have six words for you, Weight room Weight room Weight room. I must admit I was very unhappy with this selection when it was made. I wanted an OL or DL. I was less then happy once I found out that his big production came against subpar teams. He need to Beef up. I am not going to knock on the guy before I see him play.....But he will have to impress me....

AngryAsian
05-16-2008, 02:33 PM
I have six words for you, Weight room Weight room Weight room. I must admit I was very unhappy with this selection when it was made. I wanted an OL or DL. I was less then happy once I found out that his big production came against subpar teams. He need to Beef up. I am not going to knock on the guy before I see him play.....But he will have to impress me....


His frame is very Jason Taylor-esque. I don't mind the lack of size, as long as the technique and the motor is there. With that wingspan he should challenge a lot of tackles, but the only question remains.... will he be able to apply the necessary pressure to be formidable. Last year, watching Woodley.... made me very excited about the prospect of seeing him in the starting role. The guy was instant impact for us when he stepped on the field. If Davis can utilize his PT this year in a similar manner..... we're going to be nasty this upcoming season.

Jigawatts
05-16-2008, 02:51 PM
If Bruce could come in and have an immediate impact on special teams I'd be happy.

stlrz d
05-16-2008, 03:35 PM
I have six words for you, Weight room Weight room Weight room. I must admit I was very unhappy with this selection when it was made. I wanted an OL or DL. I was less then happy once I found out that his big production came against subpar teams. He need to Beef up. I am not going to knock on the guy before I see him play.....But he will have to impress me....

He played well against USC.

NKySteeler
05-16-2008, 04:04 PM
He played well against USC.

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NKySteeler
05-16-2008, 04:14 PM
Yea, I'd like to see some "beefing-up" in the weight room, but still not too shabby for where we got him in the draft.... :wink:

http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/1732/t1davisqp9.jpg
Overview:
Bruce Davis is a high-energy, talkative pass rusher who will more likely move to outside linebacker at the next level.

Bruce Davis, Sr., was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams, playing offensive tackle with the Raiders (1979-87) and Houston Oilers (1987-89) after earning varsity letters from 1975-78 with the UCLA Bruins.

Having patterned his style of play after Miami's Jason Taylor, Bruce Davis Jr. showed during Senior Bowl practices that he might still be raw playing linebacker, but also displayed the athleticism and urgency in his play to do whatever it takes to get to the quarterback consistently. Despite giving up more than 50 pounds to opposing offensive tackles, Davis ranked second in school history with 29 quarterback sacks and third with 42.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

At Clear Creek High School, Davis received a six-star prospect rating from Max Emfinger's recruiting service and earned All-American accolades, in addition to being ranked 19th among the nation's defensive ends, according to Tom Lemming. He added Super Prep All-American and All-Southwest/Texas honors, as that recruiting service rated him the 20th-best overall prospect in the state.

The Prep Star All-American selection added All-Greater Houston area and All-League recognition as a senior. That season, he recorded 65 tackles (50 solo), 12 quarterback sacks and 17 stops for losses. As a junior, he registered 32 tackles, including eight sacks. He also lettered in track, competing in the long jump.

Davis originally agreed to attend the University of Arkansas, but later changed his mind and enrolled at his father's alma mater. During the 2003 season, he redshirted as a defensive end for the Bruins. The following season, Davis started the team's first two games at right defensive end, sharing that position with Justin Hickman and Brigham Harwell the rest of the year. He posted 17 tackles (11 solo) with 2.5 sacks and broke up one pass.

Davis shifted to strong-side linebacker prior to the 2005 campaign. Due to injuries, he also competed at defensive end that year. In 12 contests as a reserve, he was in on 28 tackles (17 solos) with a pair of sacks and six stops for losses. He also caused a fumble and showed his coverage skills by deflecting four passes.

Back at right defensive end, the coaching staff unleashed Davis while moving Hickman to the left side. Both of those players ended up with the team and Pac-10 Conference lead, while ranking fourth nationally with 12.5 sacks, the third-best season total in school annals.

Davis ranked second in the league with 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and produced 47 tackles (35 solos) while causing three fumbles and recovering two others. Even though he earned first-team All-American honors from College Football News, the league's coaches only selected him to the All-Pac 10 Conference second-team.

As a senior, Davis garnered All-American second-team and All-Pac-10 first-team honors. He started all year at right end, pacing the league while ranking ninth nationally with 12 sacks. He led the Bruins with 15.5 stops for losses, as he caused two fumbles and recovered another. He broke up nine passes and registered 45 tackles (32 solo).

In 50 games at UCLA, Davis started 28 contests at right defensive end. He recorded 137 tackles (95 solos) with 29 sacks for minus 170 yards and 42.5 stops for losses of 229 yards. He posted five quarterback pressures and deflected seventeen passes. He caused six fumbles and recovered three others, returning two for a total of 20 yards.

stlrz d
05-16-2008, 08:51 PM
He played well against USC.

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It hurts me too.

AngryAsian
05-17-2008, 05:29 AM
Yea, I'd like to see some "beefing-up" in the weight room, but still not too shabby for where we got him in the draft.... :wink:

http://img377.imageshack.us/img377/1732/t1davisqp9.jpg
Overview:
Bruce Davis is a high-energy, talkative pass rusher who will more likely move to outside linebacker at the next level.

Bruce Davis, Sr., was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams, playing offensive tackle with the Raiders (1979-87) and Houston Oilers (1987-89) after earning varsity letters from 1975-78 with the UCLA Bruins.

Having patterned his style of play after Miami's Jason Taylor, Bruce Davis Jr. showed during Senior Bowl practices that he might still be raw playing linebacker, but also displayed the athleticism and urgency in his play to do whatever it takes to get to the quarterback consistently. Despite giving up more than 50 pounds to opposing offensive tackles, Davis ranked second in school history with 29 quarterback sacks and third with 42.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

At Clear Creek High School, Davis received a six-star prospect rating from Max Emfinger's recruiting service and earned All-American accolades, in addition to being ranked 19th among the nation's defensive ends, according to Tom Lemming. He added Super Prep All-American and All-Southwest/Texas honors, as that recruiting service rated him the 20th-best overall prospect in the state.

The Prep Star All-American selection added All-Greater Houston area and All-League recognition as a senior. That season, he recorded 65 tackles (50 solo), 12 quarterback sacks and 17 stops for losses. As a junior, he registered 32 tackles, including eight sacks. He also lettered in track, competing in the long jump.

Davis originally agreed to attend the University of Arkansas, but later changed his mind and enrolled at his father's alma mater. During the 2003 season, he redshirted as a defensive end for the Bruins. The following season, Davis started the team's first two games at right defensive end, sharing that position with Justin Hickman and Brigham Harwell the rest of the year. He posted 17 tackles (11 solo) with 2.5 sacks and broke up one pass.

Davis shifted to strong-side linebacker prior to the 2005 campaign. Due to injuries, he also competed at defensive end that year. In 12 contests as a reserve, he was in on 28 tackles (17 solos) with a pair of sacks and six stops for losses. He also caused a fumble and showed his coverage skills by deflecting four passes.

Back at right defensive end, the coaching staff unleashed Davis while moving Hickman to the left side. Both of those players ended up with the team and Pac-10 Conference lead, while ranking fourth nationally with 12.5 sacks, the third-best season total in school annals.

Davis ranked second in the league with 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and produced 47 tackles (35 solos) while causing three fumbles and recovering two others. Even though he earned first-team All-American honors from College Football News, the league's coaches only selected him to the All-Pac 10 Conference second-team.

As a senior, Davis garnered All-American second-team and All-Pac-10 first-team honors. He started all year at right end, pacing the league while ranking ninth nationally with 12 sacks. He led the Bruins with 15.5 stops for losses, as he caused two fumbles and recovered another. He broke up nine passes and registered 45 tackles (32 solo).

In 50 games at UCLA, Davis started 28 contests at right defensive end. He recorded 137 tackles (95 solos) with 29 sacks for minus 170 yards and 42.5 stops for losses of 229 yards. He posted five quarterback pressures and deflected seventeen passes. He caused six fumbles and recovered three others, returning two for a total of 20 yards.


Great read, NKy. Keep them coming. How could you read about our newly acquired players and not get excited about the possiblities of this upcoming season. As I've stated before... I'm really digging this youth movement our team seems to be migrating to. The D-line has to be addressed in 2009. I wouldn't mind a shut down corner either. I'm not the brainiac of the collegiate talent pool that some have. Hopefully they'll start posting their wish lists for 2009.

Djfan
05-17-2008, 02:01 PM
There is a lot of talent in camp. It's hard to imagine who goes and who stays. Nice position to be in.