Texas WR Mike Davis defends controversial hit: ‘I’d do the same thing’
Having been lucky to first escape an ejection from Texas’s 31-30 win over Iowa State and then to avoid a suspension from the Big 12, Longhorns wide receiver Mike Davis could have been contrite in the aftermath of his after-the-whistle hit on Cyclones safety Deon Broomfield, apologizing for the hit and helping push the story into everyone’s rearview. Instead, Davis further fanned the fire by his refusal to back down from the hit, despite plenty of video evidence to show just how dirty the play was.
Davis’ comments Monday, from BurntOrangeNation.com:
“If we have another run-pass situation, I’d do the same thing. If the DB’s loafing, he deserves to get cut.”
Davis also said that “people blew it out of proportion” and that “it really wasn’t that bad.”
David did say he was glad that Broomfield wasn’t hurt on the play, a serious possibility given the hit seemed almost designed to force a severe knee injury. Texas coach Mack Brown, who after the game said Davis was merely “competing,” backed away from his initial reaction Monday, saying Davis was “wrong” to make the hit.
Davis leads the Longhorns in receiving yards per game with 71.75 per contest and four touchdowns on the season. Although the Big 12 publicly reprimanded Davis for his “violation of the rule prohibiting physically abusive acts toward an opponent’s team members,” it declined to suspend him, leaving Davis available for Saturday’s Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma.