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Old 05-14-2008, 03:59 AM   #1
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Davis doesn't have to look far for advice
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
By Teresa Varley
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If rookie linebacker Bruce Davis has any questions about life in the NFL, he won’t have to go far for an answer. The Steelers third-round draft pick from UCLA only has to pick up his phone and call home.

His father, Bruce Davis, Sr., played offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, a career that spanned from 1979-89.

“It was the best experience that I could have as a little boy,” said Davis. “Every kid wants to grow up being like their dad, and I’m no exception. It just so happens that my dad was an NFL football player.


“He was always there for me growing up. He would help me scout out the guys that I would be playing the next week in college. He has been a great tool to have.”

Davis started every game last season for UCLA at right defensive end and amassed a team-high 12 tackles. He also led the Bruins with 15.5 tackles for a loss.

He will make a change in the NFL, though, as the Steelers plan on using him at outside linebacker. It’s something that he welcomes.

“I actually played outside linebacker my sophomore year at UCLA,” said the 6-3, 252 pound Davis. “I went to the Senior Bowl as an outside linebacker. I feel very comfortable and feel that I have the skills to do so.”

And the Steelers feel just as comfortable with him making that move. He won’t immediately be earmarked at the right or left outside spot, but instead work on both sides to see if he can be a player who can give the team some options.

“We’ve got to have somebody that can swing, play the left and right,” said linebackers coach Keith Butler. “We think he can do that and we think he can play inside linebacker if he had too. Coach (Dick) LeBeau liked that aspect of him from guys he’s had here in the past.”

The Steelers have a long tradition of converting defensive ends in a 4-3, to outside linebackers in the 3-4. They did so with Jason Gildon, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, all of them having success.

“That’s a great sign,” said Davis. “There is definitely a rich tradition at outside linebacker. It is a great feeling to know that the coaching staff, and hopefully the people of Pittsburgh feel the same way about me. I know the tradition that I have to carry on. Tradition is very important to me.”
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:22 AM   #2
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Very nice read mr.Lambert. I just like the way this guy looks on video and I think that he has the speed necessary to get the job done in the NFL at OLB for the Steelers. At 6'3" 253 lbs he has great size and he is coming from a team that has played pretty darn good competition along the way as well. I look forward to seeing the guy on the field in the preseason just to see what he can do.
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Looks good for the future of our D.
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If our new offensive weapons can give me chills like I think our D is going to..............ooooooooh, baby.

The Steelers D was impressive last year before the injuries hit. With Harrison, Woodley and Timmons and now Davis in the mix and everybody else healthy again (dear football gods, please bring back the "real" Troy!)..........we will be the talk of league again. I don't know how much longer we'll have Dick LeBeau (1 year, 2 years....?), but he'll be going out with a huge bang!
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If our new offensive weapons can give me chills like I think our D is going to..............ooooooooh, baby.

The Steelers D was impressive last year before the injuries hit. With Harrison, Woodley and Timmons and now Davis in the mix and everybody else healthy again (dear football gods, please bring back the "real" Troy!)..........we will be the talk of league again. I don't know how much longer we'll have Dick LeBeau (1 year, 2 years....?), but he'll be going out with a huge bang!
I was thinking along the same lines...Imagine this scenerio.

D-line: Smith...Hampton...Kiesel (With a developed McBean and a signed McFarland)

LB Corp: Woodley... Farrior...Timmons...Harrison (With Foote... Davis..Fox..& Humpal)

CB: Taylor and McFadden (with Townsend and Gay)

Safety: Troy & Ryan (with Smith ...Mundy...Carter)

If people have developed and injuries are healed...We caould have one SCARY defense!!!!!!

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I was thinking along the same lines...Imagine this scenerio.

D-line: Smith...Hampton...Kiesel (With a developed McBean and a signed McFarland)

LB Corp: Woodley... Farrior...Timmons...Harrison (With Foote... Davis..Fox..& Humpal)

CB: Taylor and McFadden (with Townsend and Gay)

Safety: Troy & Ryan (with Smith ...Mundy...Carter)

If people have developed and injuries are healed...We caould have one SCARY defense!!!!!!
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I was thinking along the same lines...Imagine this scenerio.

D-line: Smith...Hampton...Kiesel (With a developed McBean and a signed McFarland)

LB Corp: Woodley... Farrior...Timmons...Harrison (With Foote... Davis..Fox..& Humpal)

CB: Taylor and McFadden (with Townsend and Gay)

Safety: Troy & Ryan (with Smith ...Mundy...Carter)

If people have developed and injuries are healed...We caould have one SCARY defense!!!!!!
I like this roster LLT but I think that Arnold Harrison will make the team over Humpal. Also I don't see us carrying 5 safties. I think that Tyrone will be the odd man out.
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I like this roster LLT but I think that Arnold Harrison will make the team over Humpal. Also I don't see us carrying 5 safties. I think that Tyrone will be the odd man out.
Don't get me wrong but carter showed flashes of good play but is not good enough to fill that position.
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Davis doesn't have to look far for advice
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com

If rookie linebacker Bruce Davis has any questions about life in the NFL, he won’t have to go far for an answer. The Steelers third-round draft pick from UCLA only has to pick up his phone and call home.

His father, Bruce Davis, Sr., played offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers, a career that spanned from 1979-89.

“It was the best experience that I could have as a little boy,” said Davis. “Every kid wants to grow up being like their dad, and I’m no exception. It just so happens that my dad was an NFL football player.


“He was always there for me growing up. He would help me scout out the guys that I would be playing the next week in college. He has been a great tool to have.”

Davis started every game last season for UCLA at right defensive end and amassed a team-high 12 tackles. He also led the Bruins with 15.5 tackles for a loss.

He will make a change in the NFL, though, as the Steelers plan on using him at outside linebacker. It’s something that he welcomes.

“I actually played outside linebacker my sophomore year at UCLA,” said the 6-3, 252 pound Davis. “I went to the Senior Bowl as an outside linebacker. I feel very comfortable and feel that I have the skills to do so.”

And the Steelers feel just as comfortable with him making that move. He won’t immediately be earmarked at the right or left outside spot, but instead work on both sides to see if he can be a player who can give the team some options.

“We’ve got to have somebody that can swing, play the left and right,” said linebackers coach Keith Butler. “We think he can do that and we think he can play inside linebacker if he had too. Coach (Dick) LeBeau liked that aspect of him from guys he’s had here in the past.”

The Steelers have a long tradition of converting defensive ends in a 4-3, to outside linebackers in the 3-4. They did so with Jason Gildon, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, all of them having success.

“That’s a great sign,” said Davis. “There is definitely a rich tradition at outside linebacker. It is a great feeling to know that the coaching staff, and hopefully the people of Pittsburgh feel the same way about me. I know the tradition that I have to carry on. Tradition is very important to me.”
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