Davis gets ready after position switch
Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis

Posted Aug 25, 2003

Thomas Davis is keeping an eye on Kentrell Curry's rehabilitation.

The sooner Curry gets back in Georgia's secondary, the happier Thomas will be.

Thomas Davis is keeping an eye on Kentrell Curry's rehabilitation.

The sooner Curry gets back in Georgia's secondary, the happier Thomas will be.

Curry has missed all but the first week of practice with a stress fracture in his right foot, Curry unsure when the injury actually occurred. Backup Greg Blue lasted until Aug. 16 before he went out with a slight tear of his ACL, putting him on the sideline for 6-8 weeks.

Curry, a senior from Toccoa, wasn't expected to return until the Middle Tennessee State game at the earlier, but there have been murmurs that he could be at least dressed for Clemson. Blue won't be back until the trip to LSU on Sept. 20 at the earliest.

So Davis is back in the secondary.

"I just had to relearn a few things a little," he said. "There's just a whole lot more running than there was at linebacker. I just had to readjust to running to the ball, and there's a lot more backpedaling at linebacker."

That the Bulldog staff made the move is an indication of how good Davis is.

Davis was a Class AA honorable mention all-stater at Randolph-Clay High, where he played five positions as well as punter, kicker, and kick returner at some point during his high school career.

One of those spots as in the secondary, but he went to Georgia with a different spot in mind.

"I had never played linebacker before I came here," said Davis, owner of a grade point average over 3.0. "I was recruited as a linebacker out of high school, but we were pretty deep here."

He started the first two games at free safety last year, and had at least five tackles in his first five games as a Bulldog. Georgia's linebacking corps hit snag when Chris Clemons was hurt. Davis then started at outside linebacker against Florida and Ole Miss and had 12 tackles.

Davis finished seventh on the team with 61 tackles, adding three sacks and 11 quarterback hurries.

Georgia made his moves to linebacker official during the spring, and Davis felt at home. He had added weight and muscle, going from 210 pounds as a safety to about 225 for linebacker.

"I feel a whole lot better, being able to be physical," he said of his slightly changed frame. "I feel like I'm able to be a whole lot more physical with the weight I've gained. I feel it makes me a lot better."

His heart remains at linebacker, but safety does have its good points.

"You can't be as aggressive as you are at linebacker when you're at safety," he said. "But at safety, you get set up for a lot more big hits than you do at linebacker."

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