SHAWNEE, Okla. – Every year the University of Tulsa nabs players that may have been overlooked by the two bigger schools in Oklahoma – Oklahoma and Oklahoma State – but it seems every year those players once looked over shine when they hit the college campus.
Shawnee athlete Brett Davis may prove the same for the Hurricane come next fall. Davis led Shawnee over Deer Creek 35-8 in a game that was dominated on both sides of the ball by the Wolves and the play of it star player.
"The team stepped up tremendously," said Davis during a phone conversation Sunday evening. "We knew Deer Creek was a tough test for us. We were anxious all week so it was good to go out and play well."
Davis, the 5A state track champion in the 300-meter hurdles, followed his four catch, 85-yards first week, with more offense this past Friday night. He rushed for 105 yards, which was highlighted by a 77-yard jaunt in the second quarter.
"I hadn't really played much tailback until this year," said the Tulsa commit. "But, every time we've run that play this year it's been really successful. It's been a good play."
Davis also plays on the defensive side of the ball that kept the Deer Creek offense and Oregon State commit quarterback Dax Dilbeck going in the wrong direction.
Putting pressure on Dilbeck all game long the Wolves seemingly took away the option of Deer Creek's big tight end Zach Trujillo, who has committed to Kansas State.
The Shawnee defense swarmed Dilbeck multiple times, tackling him for several losses behind the line of scrimmage.
Shawnee managed to hold the Beaver pledge to 18 yards rushing, and the entire Deer Creek team was only able to manage 118 yards of total offense.
In what became a statement game for the 5A-state ranked Shawnee Wolves, Dilbeck said his teamed would gain a lot from its first game against a 5A team as they continue their transition from 4A a year ago.
"We learned a lot going coming out of this game," said Dilbeck following the loss. "Hopefully, we can build off this loss and learn the type of speed that you have to play up to in 5A and also be a lot more physical".
Sunday evening Davis cleared any suspicion of an injury that forced a team doctor to look at his right foot after the game.
"Yeah, it was a really weird deal actually," Davis said. "I always get my ankles taped and the tape was just a little too tight, so it cut off the blood circulation to my foot. I'm 100 percent ready to go though. I was running on it today. No big deal."
Davis also added that he is still a solid commitment for the Conference USA member Tulsa football program. Putting down any what would be rumors that he was interested in his newest offer from Texas Christian University or the interest coming in from Kansas.
"Tulsa is a great school," he said.
"It's a great fit for me. The education is top of the line and it's a place that God has placed me at. My brother and I have tickets to all of their home games this year, I plan on attending all the games I can, especially the home opener that's coming up this weekend."