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USU football: Will Davis is open book to fans, but shuts down foes' offenses

Published October 20, 2012 7:15 pm

Utah State • Affable cornerback comes up with interception.
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Logan • Will Davis is nothing if not flamboyant.

In his senior season at Utah State, the cornerback has also proved to be one of the Aggies' best defenders.

Davis recorded the first interception of his career in a 41-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday afternoon. He returned it 35 yards from NMSU's end zone. He could've scored a touchdown, but made a wrong read on a cut and ran right into a defender.

And he heard about it when he ran to the Utah State sideline.

"Everyone was like, I should've taken that to the house," Davis said. "I was like, 'Give me my due. At least I held on to the ball. We can work on the other things.' "

Two months into the football season, Davis has emerged as USU's most affable player, and most controversial quote. He predicted an 11-1 season a few weeks ago at Colorado State. He's regularly communicated with fans about his dropped interceptions, footballs that have hit him in the hands and bounced to the turf.

He talks to anyone and everyone on Twitter and other social media. He wears a smile with each answered question, and when USU students talk to him before games, he communicates back.

"They told me that today was going to be the day that I finally came up with a pick," Davis said. "I told them that I had that same feeling. I was right. At least today I was."

Davis, after spending last season as a backup, is having a year worthy of all-Western Athletic Conference consideration. He regularly matches up with the best opposing receiver. He leads the Aggies in pass breakups.

Davis has a good chance at being selected to the Senior Bowl at the end of the season, and is enjoying every step along the way.

tjones@sltrib.com