The transition to pro football is jarring for most NFL rookies, but for Dolphins cornerback Will Davis a change of scenery has become commonplace in recent years. Davis was a high school basketball and track star at Central Valley High in Washington, before giving football a shot in his senior year. After recording seven interceptions in his lone season of varsity football, Davis took to the junior college route and enrolled at Western Washington University. However, following Davis’ first season at the school, the university decided to drop the football program forcing Davis to move on to De Anza College in California. Davis posted eight interceptions in one year at De Anza, which enabled him to earn a scholarship to Utah State, where he played for two seasons before being drafted by the Dolphins in the third round of April’s draft.
Davis recently sat down with Jesse Agler to discuss the offseason, his transition from college football to the NFL and how he’s adapting to South Florida:
(On how the offseason is going for him…) – “It’s going good. (OTA’s and Mini Camp went)good in a sense of going out there and learning. The playbook is something that’s way bigger than any playbook I’ve ever seen and I’m young to the game as it is. So getting this big playbook is like whoa, so it’s a lot learning nickel, learning corner. The main thing has been going out here and just learning as much of the playbook as I can. I’ve had a good time doing it, and I’ve made my mistakes, but I’ve made my fair examples to show that I can definitely play here. That’s why I’m excited about it, just to keep improving, keep taking strides. I had a talk with the coaches (during Mini Camp) and they felt the same thing so everything’s going pretty good, I’m excited about how this one went.”
(On how he feels he’s grasping the playbook…) – “Yeah definitely from the beginning, even starting out in rookie camp, until now … I’ve definitely learned a lot more and will be able to play a lot faster. Once you get it down, there’s not much to thinking about it. You kind of just play. And the closer you get to that is when you’re definitely at your best, and that’s where I want to get to before the season starts for sure. But I’m definitely taking strides and definitely playing a lot faster.”
(On how fast the NFL is compared to college…) – “I have to agree, more in a sense of that every snap is going to be fast in its consistency. In college every now and then you had some guys that were definitely at this level but at the same time, it wasn’t every snap. There were some guys that you could kind of whatever, or take a play off somewhat. But in this league no. Every guy out there deserves to be here and is here for a reason. Every guy out here is going to be fast, and everything’s moving a lot faster.”
(On how he perceives Coach Kevin Coyle, and how involved he gets with the defensive backs…) – “He gets very involved. He’s a funny guy too. That’s the funny thing about it. He has his funny side and I wasn’t expecting that at first, you know because he’s the defensive coordinator. But he’s hilarious and at the same time he knows what he’s talking about and he’s definitely on us in individuals, he’s usually always at the DBs getting on us a lot but that’s what you want. Smart guys around you, a smart guy with experience, especially for rookies, and especially as a DB crew as a whole. I think we all like that.”
(On the Miami/South Florida weather…) – “Yeah, it’s hot. That’s one thing I realized quick at rookie camp. And the one thing I realized is that rain can come at any second. It started off perfect at practice (at Mini Camp recently), then you hear some thunder, and then I go inside and it’s raining and pouring a little bit outside and you can hear thunder loud. I come back outside and it’s just sunshine again. That’s something that I just don’t understand, like how weather works down here. But it’s definitely hot with the humidity, and you’re always sweating. You take a towel and wipe your face off and bam you’re right back sweating again. That’s something that’s definitely different and something I have to get used to. But I’ve been out here for over a month now, and I’m definitely used to it now.
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