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April 8, 2009

COLUMN: Eddie Davis getting comfortable at CB

MORGANTOWN — Eddie Davis had seen the play before.

West Virginia University’s offense was down near the goal line, just like it had been seven or eight plays earlier when Jarrett Brown hit Alric Arnett with a fade for a touchdown to the right.

Now they decided to try to the left, to try Eddie Davis and see how he reacted.

Brown went back to pass. Davis seemed to know what was coming. He stepped in and grabbed the ball.

“He would have gone 95 yards,” coach Bill Stewart would say, failing to finish the rest of the statement, saying he didn’t because this was practice, not a game, and a 6 a.m. practice at that.”

No one should have to run 95 yards that early in the morning.

Eddie Davis is coming on as a cornerback, which is something the Mountaineers dearly need with Ellis Lankster gone and auditions being held for his replacement.

There are those who say that Davis has catlike quickness back there, which is quite fitting, considering he has to feel as though he’s in ninth life as a West Virginia football player.

He came to West Virginia as a running back out of Freedom High in Tampa, then was moved to wide receiver, then to defense.

Don’t ask him about his prior lives.

“I can’t even think about those positions,” he said. “That will only hold me back from getting better at this position.”

And that’s just what Davis has done. He says he’s comfortable at the corner, and he certainly has caught Stewart’s attention.

“I’m happy for Eddie,” Stewart said. “He was on the watch list.”

Stewart was just getting started but it is necessary to interrupt here to explain what he meant by being on the “watch list.”

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