Picking It Back Up

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It has been nearly three months since Austin Davis led a fourth quarter rally that ended in a 30-27 overtime win over Troy in the New Orleans Bowl. Austin's heroics led to him being named the game's Most Valuable Player. Davis and his fellow Golden Eagles took to the spring practice field last week looking to build on last season's five game winning streak. The talented QB is glad to be back.

"It feels real good to be back out here," said Austin after the first week of spring drills. "I took about a week off after the bowl game and then I was ready to get back to practicing."

Davis will look to build on a record breaking season a year ago that saw him throw for 3,134 yards and 23 touchdowns. While those numbers are outstanding, Austin is not content to rest on his laurels. There is one stat he really focused on improving.

"My main focus is to have a better completion percentage this season," said the personable sophomore. "I was around 58 percent last year and in our offense I feel like I need to get that up to around 65 or 70 percent.

"A lot of that is going to come from working the check downs, making the right reads and not forcing the ball in there. It's a really a personal and a team goal."

Another major factor in Davis' improvement this season is going to center around simply being more comfortable in an offense that was completely new to him a season ago.

"There's just a lot more reacting out there this spring," explained Davis. "There's just not as much learning going on out there. We have just come back and picked up where we left off at the end of the season."

The installation of the Fedora system will continue to have a few additions as the need arises. Austin expects the team to move along at much faster pace this spring.

"Last year in the spring we were talking about things like the cadence and formations," said the West Lauderdale alumnus. "Now we are a season ahead of where we were. Everybody is just more comfortable now. I am really excited about the season."

Davis has had to step up and be even more of a leader this season with weapons like Damion Fletcher and Deandre Brown on the sidelines. The absence of those two players has allowed for more reps for the other players in those personnel groups.

Austin reports that several players are taking advantage of the additional work.

"Without those two guys out there, it opens up some holes out there for some of the other guys," said Davis. "All of those guys are out there working hard and getting better. Johdrick Morris and Quentin Pierce are looking good. Gerald Baptiste is really stepping up for us just like he did in the bowl game.

"Of course with Tory out there they are looking good. He's getting a lot of the reps and he's getting better everyday."

While the on the field work for 2009 is just a week old, Davis is extremely confident his team will improve over last year.

"I am really excited about the season," said Austin. "We are going to be working to get ready for our schedule this fall and try to go out there and win every game."

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