Before Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll began his second at-bat as an NFL coach in 2010, he was a dynastic college head coach at USC. While he was in sunny Southern California, he recruited and developed Toledo, Ohio product Fred Davis.
During his time with the Redskins, Davis has capitalized on limited opportunity, showing his vast potential with feast-or-famine regularity. In his conference call with the Washington media on Wednesday, Carroll explained how he absolutely knew that Davis would be a stud:
“When we were recruiting him, we thought he was a No. 1 draft pick,” he said. “When we saw him and looked at his potential, that’s why we went after him. Really, when we recruit guys out-of-state, in those days, that was our criteria. Freddy was like that.”
At the end of his college career, Davis actually ended up going early in the second round, but Carroll didn’t sound disappointed by his lofty projections of young Freddy D.
“He had a very good career for us,” Carroll said. “He was one of the best tight ends in the country coming out. Big, strong, fast, tough–all that stuff.”
In four years at USC, Davis managed a stat line of 117 receptions, 1,408 yards, a 12.0 yard average, and 13 receiving touchdowns in 34 games. In four years in the pros, he has 121 receptions for 1,491 yards, a 12.3 yard average and 11 receiving touchdowns in 31 starts.
Doesn’t get much more similar than that.
“I think it’s marvelous that he’s been able to transition into this kind of player,” Carroll said of Davis. “I mean, he’s a focal point player on an NFL team. We’re game-planning for Freddy. ‘Where is he? He’s over there. He’s doing this. He’s doing that.'”
“I think it’s awesome.”
I doubt that, especially if Davis turns in a big day on Sunday.
“They’re doing a fantastic job of utilizing him,” Carroll continued. “It’s a credit to him. I don’t think that there was any expectation you couldn’t hold for him. He’s coming through in great fashion.”
Hopefully, he can prove his old coach right on Sunday, back on the West Coast.