WARRICK DUNN FINALIST: Tyrion Davis - Southern Lab RB
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Saturday, January 5 provided the opportunity to see some future LSU Tigers on the field against the nation’s best in the All-American Bowl held in San Antonio, TX.
One of those players was Southern Lab product Tyrion Davis. The running back has been making plays for the Kittens for what feels like forever now. He’s a 2019 Warrick Dunn Award finalist.
“He’s a bad man,” said Southern Lab head coach Darrel Asberry. “He’s a baaad man.”
Tyrion Davis isn’t built like a scat back and he doesn’t run like one either. According to Davis, his measurements are 6-foot-1, 229 pounds.
“No. He doesn’t shy away from contact,” added Asberry.
“I’m pretty physical,” said Davis. “I can home run hit it, when I need to.”
Ironically, Davis said when he first started playing football, he would run out of bounds and even ran the wrong way once.
“Right. I really didn’t know how to play football,” Davis added.
These days, defenders wish he was still doing those things.
“A high football IQ. He understands when to make the cut. Has great vision,” said Asberry.
Davis said he’d eventually like to get into real estate, but at the moment, he’ll settle for running for large chunks of it. His 2018 stats are staggering. He had over 2,500 yards rushing, 29 touchdowns, and nearly 14 yards per carry.
“I love football. That’s pretty much all I do. I really don’t like partying too much. Hang out with my family. Focus on my schoolwork,” said Davis.
And for Davis, it isn’t just about being handed a football and taking off. He understands everything taking place in front of him.
“He understands blocking schemes. I think that’s why he’s a great runner as well. He understands who’s supposed to block who, which lineman is pulling. He understands the pass protection and where the rush is going to come from. Coming out of high school, that’s pretty impressive. You don’t find that many high school kids that are that well versed in blocking assignments,” Asberry explained.
While teammate Kardell Thomas, an offensive guard, has gotten plenty of attention for his big personality, Asberry said Davis isn’t exactly boring either.
“I think after football, Tyrion is going to be the mayor of Baton Rouge or the governor of Louisiana,” Asberry added.
The next step for Davis is the LSU Tigers, where he plans on accomplishing big things with Thomas likely blocking for him again.
“We’re looking forward to winning a national championship. We got some great players, great people. I’m just looking forward to playing with them,” Davis explained.
The awards banquet will be held Tuesday, January 15 at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel.
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