Davis: Cap and gown, then the hard hat

SCOTT DAVIS, the defensive playmaker surpeme from Kennewick, didn't mince words. He put heart and soul into preparations for his Pro Day workout two months ago. Perhaps an inch short and a step slow, he knew he was a longshot for even a free agent tryout. After he graduates this Saturday, Davis will trade his Cougar helmet for the professional variety.

"I'm all set," Davis said Tuesday. "My fiance and I have a house lined up in north Seattle and I'm about to start work as a project engineer on a $33 million building at Everett Community College."

Yep. His new helmet is actually a hard hat.

"I gave it my best shot," Davis said of his Pro Day performance. "If it happened, it happened."

The File On
SCOTT DAVIS
HOMETOWN:
Kennewick, Wash.

POSITION:
Outside linebacker

SIZE:
5-11, 236

CHOSE WSU OVER:
Oregon State, Idaho.

SEASONS PLAYED:
2003-06

2006 STATS:
Collected 66 tackles (8 of them for loss), recovered four fumbles and had three pass breakups.

PREP CAREER:
A three-year starter and all-league performer at running back and linebacker for Kamiakin High. Rushed for a record 4,457 yards and 61 TDs. On defense he had 26 sacks and 28 forced fumbles. Also a standout in basketball and track.

PERSONAL:
Fiance, Whitney, also graduates from WSU this weekend.

His phone didn't ring with free agency offers Sunday following the NFL draft. Nor did he expect it to.

And the notion of toiling in the Canadian or Arena leagues offered no appeal

"The money (in the NFL) would have been nice, but I have a great job lined up in my field and am looking forward to getting my career started," said the construction management major. "Besides, my body is sore. Now I can have fun going to college games and watching my friends who are playing in the pros."

Davis started 34 consecutive games in his Cougar career, piling up enough tackles, 247, to rank among the 20 most prolific in school history. He was a team captain. And an all-conference honorable mention pick three straight seasons.

Given his knack for forcing and recovering fumbles, The Sportings News once dubbed him the Pac-10's biggest defensive playmaker.

Asked what he'll remember most about his time in uniform, Davis didn't hesitate: "The Apple Cups. All of them. So much excitement, the great crowds." The memory of the 2004 game, in particular, should keep him warm on cold winter nights. In the second quarter, he sacked Husky QB Casey Paus, forcing a fumble that Will Derting jumped on in the endzone for a touchdown. The Cougs won the game 28-25. Davis led all tacklers, with 10 stops.

This past season's victory at Oregon State also rates high on his most memorable list. "I had three sacks -- one of them on fourth-and-goal at the very end of the game." The performance earned him Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors.

As for Pullman, he says, "It's sad leaving -- I'm going to miss the place. It's going to be different on the west side -- I'll have to get used to the rain.

NOTABLE NOTES:
* Two of Davis' Cougar teammates -- Jason Hill (49ers) and Eric Frampton (Raiders)-- were drafted over the weekend, and four others signed free agent contracts: Cody Boyd (Steelers), Mkristo Bruce (Dolphins), Charles Harris (Titans) and Tyron Brackendridge (Chiefs). Another old teammate, late of the Montana Grizzlies, Josh Swogger, also signed with the Chiefs.

* Steve Dildine, Davis' good friend and fellow outside linebacker, told CF.C Tuesday that his agent was still working the phones to get him a free agent tryout.


DAVIS RUMBLES TO THE ENDZONE WITH A FUMBLE RECOVERY IN THE WANING SECONDS AT ARIZONA IN 2004. THE WOULD-BE TD WAS CALLED BACK, BUT THE FUMBLE RECOVERY STOOD, SETTING UP THE WINNING SCORE FOR THE COUGS WITH 53 SECONDS LEFT. WSU WON 20-19.

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