2013 Virginia Football Roster Profile: Conner Davis

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

We get a double dip today, with 74 days remaining. The Hoos have two 74s on the roster. First, we look at last year's starting LG Conner Davis. Davis missed the spring after having offseason surgery. Whether a result of his surgery, or his (and the rest of the interior OL's) struggles last season, Davis has been replaced in the starting lineup, at least for now.

Position: OG
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 300
Hometown: Henrico, Va
High School: Deep Run HS

Conner Davis was a two way player in High School, seeing time at both OT and DE. He was recruited exclusively as an OT, however, and was recruited by pretty much the entire ACC as well as West Virginia. He was rated 3 stars by all of the recruiting services, and was ranked #60, #72 and #88 among the nations OTs in 2010. Davis originally committed to Coach Groh, but stuck with his commitment once Coach London was hired.

While Davis was initially slotted at OT, he was considered for OG as well. He spent some time cross-training for the two positions. Some scouts saw him as a more natural fit on the inside. He is a big kid, with a big frame, but he doesn't have great footwork (or, at least, hasn't shown it yet). Playing on the inside doesn't require him to slide his feet as much, and allows him to use his size and strength.

While he came in a bit undersized (perhaps 260 pounds), he's done a good job of adding bulk to get up to about 300 pounds. Still, last season he looked like he still needed to add strength. There were a multitude of problems last year on the interior of the OL, and many of them appeared to be related to communication. On the other hand, Davis was physically beaten on numerous occasions. He has a tendency to get a bit high and a bit narrow. He probably wasn't ready to be starting, and his presence there was due to under-recruiting on the OL over the past 5 years.

At least for the time being, Davis is listed behind Sean Cascarano at RG. It is not unreasonable to think that he could end up seeing time this year at LG, RG or even RT. This will, of course, be dependent on Davis' recovery. Much will also depend on the play of Cascarano, Jay Whitmire and Jackson Matteo (or whoever else plays OC).

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