Coll FBall: 25-year-old freshman plays key part on special teams

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Most of the UMary freshman football players are 17 or 18 years old. But long snapper Chris Davis is 25. I spent time with former sailor to find out how he’s adjusting to being back on the gridiron.

“Out of high school,” Davis said, “I joined the Navy and for the last seven years I was in the United States Navy.”

After his enlistment, Chris wanted to attend college to pursue a degree in Biology. His former shipmates, Jordan Beaty and Daquavion Ross were already at UMary and encouraged Chris to join the team.

“They came here last year and they kind of convinced me to come out here and play football,” Davis said. [They said,] ‘Hey, it’s fun.'”

Chris had not stepped on a field in seven years, so there was a little football rust.

“[To] come out here right into that was a little difficult,” Davis said

Seven years removed from Shannon High School in Mississippi, Chris was now one of the oldest players in the locker room. He found himself surrounded by 17-and-18-year-old freshman, which was smilier to the Navy.

“Constant revolving door of new people coming in and out,” Davis said. “

And just like in the armed forces, you have to be ready at all times.

“Coach said, ‘Who can long snap?’ I did it in high school,” Davis said. “I said, ‘I can do it. Not thinking I’m really going to be doing it.’ Next thing you know, I’m number two on the depth chart.”

And when starting long snapper Cryano Rayfield was injured in the first game of the season, Chris didn’t hesitate when he heard his name.

“When you’re a two,” Davis said. “There’s always a likelihood for you to go in. So I was always ready for it.”

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