Camp Central: Davis savors 2-a-day opportunity

Aug. 11, 2010

Iowa Football Practice Photos (Wednesday, Aug. 11) | Video interview with B. Davis

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It was the first “two-a-day” practice of fall camp for the University of Iowa football team Wednesday and that suits junior linebacker Bruce Davis just fine.

“It gives me an opportunity to show what I can do twice in one day,” Davis says. “There’s more film and if you really want a starting job, you relish this opportunity and want this opportunity. I love having two practices because it’s another opportunity to show the coaches what I can do and what I can do to help out the team.”

Davis, listed on the preseason depth chart behind senior Jeff Tarpinian at middle linebacker, has been a bright spot after the first six days of camp. Last season Davis compiled 14 tackles (nine solo) while playing primarily special teams.

“I’m working hard. Whatever role you’re in, always bust your butt, if you’re on special teams or in the running for a starting job,” Davis says. “Keep the same work ethic, continue to work hard and learn from the guys who have started.”

Pat Angerer started at middle linebacker the past two seasons for the Hawkeyes. A year ago he made a team-high 145 tackles before being drafted and signed by the Indianapolis Colts.

“I learned a lot from Pat and I’m trying to take the notes that I had from him and transition it to my opportunity now,” Davis said. “He taught me to be aggressive and trust my instincts. Pat had great instincts and he was a great leader.”

Davis is one of three Hawkeye players from Glenville (Ohio) High School. The others are defensive lineman Lebron Daniel and cornerback William Lowe. Daniel is listed on the two-deep chart behind All-American end Adrian Clayborn.

The Hawkeyes return to practice this evening at the Kenyon Football Practice Facility.

Meet the Hawkeye newcomers:

Video introduction by B. Lowery

Video introduction by A. Donnal