Utah State football: Senior cornerback’s Will Davis' determination is main reason for success on football field

By Megan Allen

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 2:25 p.m. MST

Davis is making the most of his starting responsibility and having a significant impact on the gridiron. With at least one game left to play, he already has 47 tackles, 33 of them unassisted. For three consecutive games, he has snagged an interception, two of which could have resulted in a touchdown for the opponent.

“Willie Davis is definitely a great talent,” cornerbacks coach Kendrick Shaver said. "He has out-of-this world, natural, God-given talent.”

With stats like that, Davis is continuing to fight for a spot on the all-WAC team at the end of the year.

“I just really want to make first-team all-conference,” Davis said. “I think that’s something I deserve, something that I have the opportunity to have.”

As is expected from a senior, Davis has had to step up his leadership and presence on the team. Among his personal development as a player, he is constantly striving to succeed for his teammates.

“Leadership is something that’s thrown on you as a senior, especially if you’re in a position where you play a lot. You can’t be selfish. You’re a role model and have to be able to take that on. It feels good to be in the position that I’m in. It takes awhile to adjust,” Davis said. “I wouldn’t say this was something I’m made for, but it’s an honor. It’s an honor that people want to hear what you say and watch your moves and what you do.”

Just because his time at Utah State is drawing to a close, doesn’t mean Davis is done with his fight. He will graduate in December and then see how far football can take him.

“After I graduate, I want to see how things go with the league. I’ll keep training in January,” Davis said. “I’ve been invited to play in the Senior Bowl, then just do well at a combine and try to make it to the NFL.”

Following his athletic career, Davis dreams of working at Nike. He took a field trip to company headquarters in high school and had his heart set on it then. To get there though, he knows the constant fight needs to continue.

“I’ve learned that everyone is fighting for your spot, in and out of football,” Davis said. “In the future, everyone is going to be fighting for your job. I won’t be the only one being interviewed. It’s always a fight.”

Megan Allen writes for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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