120 Players To Know - Rutgers T Anthony Davis
Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
Posted Mar 29, 2009

Who are the players you need to know about? Maybe they've been under the radar, or maybe they're the future NFL stars who'll be a really big deal next April. Get to know the stars of 2009 as CFN profiles 120 Players You Need To Know over 120 days (one for each team) continuing with Rutgers OT Anthony Davis.

120 Players You Need To Know

Rutgers OT Anthony Davis

By Richard Cirminiello

Who is Anthony Davis? … Davis is not just an ordinary left tackle. He is a 6-6, 335-pound symbol of the transformation that’s taken place in Piscataway. Ten years ago, a player of his caliber would have laughed at the possibility of staying home and playing for the Scarlet Knights. Why would a five-star talent ever consider the laughingstock that was Rutgers football? Two years ago, however, he did indeed select the local team, turning down offers from heavy hitters, like USC, Ohio State, and Florida State. It was the most definitive sign to date that head coach Greg Schiano could keep blue-chip talent from leaving New Jersey, long the Achilles’ heel of the program. Davis has not disappointed in two years, starting at guard as a rookie before shifting to tackle a year ago, earning All-Big East honors. Now the cornerstone of the offensive line, he plans to be one of the line leaders as long as he’s on campus. That could be two years, or one if he continues to perform like a future first-day NFL Draft choice. Massive linemen, who move like Davis and protect the quarterback’s blindside, have a knack for attracting attention from folks at the next level.   

Anthony Davis’ best game so far was … last Oct. 25 year at Pittsburgh. Davis was one of the unsung heroes of Rutgers’ shocking 54-34 blowout of the Panthers, which helped trigger a seven-game, season-ending winning streak. He neutralized Pitt’s top sacker Greg Romeus, making it possible for QB Mike Teel to throw for 361 yards and six touchdowns.   

Why you should care about Davis? … One of the really good young left tackles in America, he’s nowhere near his full potential. Davis is one of those rare offensive linemen, who NFL teams invest first-round draft choices on, and build a front wall around. He run blocks, pass protects, and is only at halftime of his Scarlet Knight career. Get a good look now because he’s one of those rising juniors who’ll give serious consideration to leaving school early following the 2009 season.

Positives about Davis … At 6-6 and 335 pounds, he has the size, strength, and tenacity to simply destroy defenders, especially when he gets out of the box and out to the second level. For his size, he has surprising footwork, and is equally sound run blocking as pass blocking. With a gigantic wingspan, he’s able to stun pass rushers, preventing them from ever getting traction. 

Negatives about Davis … With just one year of college experience at left tackle, Davis still has work to do with his technique and fundamentals, especially when it comes to pass protection. While hardly a stiff, at 335 pounds, he isn’t exactly ready for a spot on Dancing with the Stars either. By getting a little lighter on his feet, he’ll be better equipped to handle speed rushers around the edge.

A cool thing about Davis you probably didn’t know … Coming out of Piscataway (N.J) High School, Davis weighed a whopping 370 pounds, which was substantially more than Greg Schiano wanted. Following a strict diet and workout regimen, he pared more than 50 pounds, improving his overall strength and quickness.  

Statistics, information and photo provided by the Rutgers sports information department