- 2011 CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB-Emanuel Davis, Jr., East Carolina, has been selected All-Conference USA Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches. In the home contest against in-state rival North Carolina, Lewis set a career high with 166 receiving yards, the sixth-highest total in ECU history. In the season opener against South Carolina, he caught 13 passes, one shy of the Pirate single-game record and tied for the most grabs in a contest by a C-USA receiver this season. Davis, another Preseason All-Conference USA honoree, paced the team with seven pass breakups and eight passes defended while ranking third in solo tackles (29). In the final game of his career, at Marshall, he booked a season second-best seven tackles, including six stops in the opening half. - East Carolina football
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Davis was a two-star quarterback/defensive back recruit out of high school and initially committed to North Carolina, but changed his mind after a coaching change in Chapel Hill and pledged to East Carolina. After redshirting in 2007, he earned substantial playing time in 2008 as a redshirt freshman, starting five games and recording 45 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 8 pass broken up, 1 forced fumble, and a team-best 4 interceptions (1 returned for a score), earning several Freshman All-American honors. Davis suffered an early season injury in 2009 as a sophomore and started nine games, finishing with a career-high 69 tackles and 12 passes broken up, adding 4.0 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble and 2 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdowns). He started all 13 games in 2010 as a junior, recording 54 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 9 pass broken up, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception, earning Second Team All-CUSA honors. Davis returned in 2011 as a senior and started 11 games, but sat out the season opener due to suspension, finishing with 62 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 7 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception, earning Second Team All-CUSA honors.
Coming out of high school, Davis was considered one of the top athletes out of the state of North Carolina, leading his team to the State 1-A Championship Game as a quarterback and defensive back and also starring in basketball and track. He was productive as a four-year starter in college, but lacks ideal size and speed for the position and almost all of his experience is in zone, off-man coverage. Davis is quicker than fast and plays with a tough, attacking attitude, but is lacking in several categories and will struggle to stick on a roster in the pros ? reminds me a lot of former UNC CB Kendric Burney who went undrafted and is currently a free agent.
Strengths: A tough, fearless athlete who plays with a physical and aggressive mentality on the football field. Has good foot quickness and short-area burst to work well in tight areas. Tough in run support and works hard to get off blocks. Hard-nosed player who attacks the run and doesn't back down. Savvy and experienced with very good starting experience on his resume (38 career starts) and good production (230 tkls, 36 pbu and 9 INTs in career). Puts himself in good position with a nose for the ball ... shows up on every play. Returned two of his nine career INTs for scores.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size and frame with limited measureables and length ... his shorter arms are exposed when attempting to shed blocks. Little bulk on his frame and average-at-best strength. Vertical speed is below average for the position and gives too much of a cushion at the LOS to compensate, allowing too many short throws. Doesn't look natural in reverse and lacks ideal body fluidity - sluggish in his transition. Not a quick-twitch athlete and struggles to recover. Carries some character concerns after being arrested in June 2011 and charged with public intoxication, being disruptive in public and resisting a public officer ... was suspended for the 2011 season opener. Suffered a right shoulder injury in Sept. 2009 and missed a pair of games. Had his best two seasons as a freshman and sophomore and didn.t take his game to that next level in his final two seasons in Greenville.
NFL Comparison: Kendric Burney, NFL free agent
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