May 6, 2013

Davis ready to learn

JEFFERSON - Jordan Davis promises he's going to be a good student once he arrives on campus with the rest of Georgia's freshmen. Both off the field and on.

Yes, Davis wants to get off to a good start academically, but said he's also anxious to get to work on the field, where the young tight end figures he's got some pretty good role models in senior Arthur Lynch and redshirt sophomore Jay Rome.

"Arthur Lynch is a great tight end. He's like what I want to be when I get up there," Davis said. "I've got some great guys to watch and learn things from."

Currently at 225 pounds, the 6-foot-3 Davis said he hopes to be up to 235 by the start of fall camp, but knows there's not a lot of pressure on him to come out and produce right out of the gate.

Besides Lynch and Rome, there's a third scholarship tight ahead of him on the depth chart in sophomore Ty Flornouy-Smith.

"The coaches told me my playing time will depend on how I look when I come in, but if not I'll redshirt," he said. "There are three tight ends in front of me, so we'll have to see how it goes."

Davis spoke with UGASports following Saturday's finals in the 110 Hurdles, where he finished second in the state in Class AAA with a time of 14.7 despite some wet and windy conditions.

"It was pretty chilly today," Davis said. "I don't like warming up too early so I came out late and started warming up. I think that allowed me to run a 14.7 so that was pretty good. I was wanting to win but I was pretty happy with what I did."

Saturday's race was Davis' final high school event before Thomson High holds its graduation on May 17.

After that, it's off to UGA.

"I'm so ready to get there and find out how it's going to be. I'm ready to get there and start working hard," Davis said. "I expect to get in there and work hard like always. They tell me it's going to be tough but I think I'm ready for that."

He's already getting a small taste of what to expect.

Every spring, UGA strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski sends the incoming freshmen a workout regiment to help prepare them for the day they arrive on campus.

"I got the weight lifting and what we're supposed to be doing; I've got those two books and some film on how I'm supposed to do them," Davis said. "It was very descriptive. It even had pictures showing exactly how to do everything."

Once in Athens, Davis said he will room with freshman running back A.J. Turman.

He's happy to have fellow signee John Atkins along for the ride, too.

Like Davis, Atkins hails from Thomson, where he graduated a year ago.

"That's great for me to have another person who I'm really close to who I can lean on for advice and give me a heads up on how things are supposed to be," Davis said. "I've already talked to him a lot and I look forward to doing that even more once I get up there."