Ranked No. 3 in school history for career catches, Eagle senior receiver excels in the slot for Eastern
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
Coming out of high school, Capital High School (Olympia, Wash.) star Tony Davis was a highly-rated running back. Ranked the 31st-best running back prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, "Touchdown" Tony Davis found a home for the Eastern Washington University football team.
Davis immediately switched to slot receiver for the Eagles to take advantage of his hands and speed. After redshirting in 2005, he has been a mainstay in the Eastern receiving corps. Davis has compiled 2,044 receiving yards to date, on 178 receptions with nine touchdowns. The 178 receptions put him at third all-time in school history, just behind Eric Kimble (253) and teammate Aaron Boyce (222). Davis also has a combined 638 return yards, including a touchdown.
Davis has been named honorable mention All-Big Sky twice and to the Big Sky All-Academic team twice. With a 3.45 grade point average, he is a candidate for Academic All-America honors.
The Eagles are set to take on Montana State this Saturday (Oct. 24) in the Eastern's 83rd Annual Homecoming game. It will be the last game at Woodward Field for Davis and 16 other Eagle seniors. Currently sitting at 4-3 overall (3-2 BSC), Eastern faces a Bobcats squad that is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Sky. Out of the last 32 meetings with the Bobcats, Eastern has won 24 of them including the last six. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m.
Q: What is the importance of the slot receiver in the Eagle offense?
A: "I believe the slot position for us is an important one -- it is able to contribute to the offense in a unique way. For instance, in our offense the slot can run your entire typical receiver routes as well as running screens, catching bubbles, and motioning to the backfield to carry the ball."
Q: Can you describe the advantages to being a smaller receiver?
A: "Smaller receivers are usually quicker than bigger ones. So I like to think that I am quicker than a lot of my opponents that cover me, and that is why smaller receivers are great in the slot."
Q: You are in the top three all-time on Eastern's receptions list. Describe how that feels?
A: "My first feeling was a feeling of shock to be honest. I was surprised that over my career I have caught enough balls to rank in the top three all-time. I felt completely honored. To rank on a list with great players such as Eric Kimble and Aaron Boyce is a blessing and it is something that means a lot to me."
Q: What is your most memorable game and play in your Eastern career?
A: "My most memorable game that I have played in here at Eastern would have to be the McNeese State game in 2007. No one, except for us, expected us to win that game and we dominated it. One of the most memorable plays of my career is scoring my first touchdown as an Eagle my freshman year at Oregon State."
Q: Your academics have been top notch while at EWU. What are your plans for after football?
A: "My plan for after school is to attend more school. As of right now I plan to teach high school or middle school kids at some point in the near future. But what I want to do has changed several times over the years."
Q: As a senior, what do you think have been some of your greatest contributions to the team?
A: "I would like to think that I have encouraged others to have good character. Good character can benefit you and your team on the field as well as off the field. Also, having a selfless attitude is important. Once you are able to put your team before yourself, your team can become better and you grow as a person."
Q: Coming out of high school, you were a highly-rated running back. Did you welcome the change to receiver when you came to Eastern?
A: "I do miss the days of running back, but the move to receiver was one that I did welcome. I knew that playing receiver was the quickest way for me to get on the field and help my team."
Q: Scenario question . . . it's the FCS Championship game, Eastern is down by a touchdown with one play left from the opponent's 30 yard line. What play do you run?
A: "Any play to me. Just kidding! I would probably run a hook-and-ladder or hail mary."