Tony Davis (cornerback)

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Tony Davis
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1986-09-09) September 9, 1986 (age 31)
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Warren (OH) Howland
College: Penn State
Undrafted: 2009
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL status: Import
Career highlights and awards

Antonio West Davis (born September 9, 1986) is a former gridiron football cornerback. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He also spent time in 2009 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Penn State.

Gridiron football Sport primarily played in the United States and Canada

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Cornerback defensive position in American and Canadian football, covering receivers, to defend against pass offenses and make tackles

A cornerback (CB), also referred to as a corner or defensive halfback in older parlance, is a member of the defensive backfield or secondary in American and Canadian football. Cornerbacks cover receivers most of the time, to defend against offensive plays, i.e create turnovers in best case or deflect a forward pass or rather make a tackle. Other members of the defensive backfield include the safeties and occasionally linebackers. The cornerback position requires speed, agility, and strength. A cornerback's skillset typically requires proficiency in anticipating the quarterback, backpedaling, executing single and zone coverage, disrupting pass routes, block shedding, and tackling. Cornerbacks are among the fastest players on the field.

Arizona Cardinals National Football League franchise in Glendale, Arizona

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Early years

Davis had outstanding football career at Howland High School in Howland Township, Ohio, where he was named 1st-team All-State, Ohio Division II Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year, and twice named All-Metro Athletic Conference. [1]

Howland High School is a public high school in Howland Township, Ohio, United States, near Warren, Ohio. It is the only high school in the Howland Local School District. Sports teams are called the Tigers, and they compete in the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a member of the All-American Conference.

Howland Township, Trumbull County, Ohio Township in Ohio, United States

Howland Township is one of the twenty-four townships of Trumbull County, Ohio, United States. Along with Liberty Township, it is one of two townships in Trumbull County. The 2000 census found 119,451 people in the township, 17,546 of whom lived in the unincorporated portions of the township.

Ohio State of the United States of America

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Of the fifty states, it is the 34th largest by area, the seventh most populous, and the tenth most densely populated. The state's capital and largest city is Columbus.

College career

Davis saw his first action as a sophomore, playing in 9 games during the 2005 season as the top reserve cornerback behind All-America and future pro, Alan Zemaitis. [1] He started in every game at cornerback in 2006 and led the team (and was second in the Big Ten Conference) with 13 pass break-ups. He finished the season with 42 tackles, capping his season with an electrifying 88-yard fumble recovery and return for the game-winning touchdown in Penn State's 20-10 Outback Bowl victory over Tennessee. [1]

The 2005 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

An All-America team is a hypothetical American sports team composed of outstanding amateur players. These players are broadly considered by media and other relevant commentators as the best players in a particular sport, of a specific season, for each team position.

Alan Zemaitis is a former professional American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played in the Canadian Football League for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and is an assistant coach for the East Lake Eagles High School Football team.

Davis suffered several season injuries in 2007, including a mid-season appendicectomy. He appeared in 11 games at safety, recording 29 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 pass break-ups, and an interception. [1] Davis returned to cornerback for his senior season in 2008. He was the starter for all 13 games and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades. He was presented with a special award from the State College Quarterback Club at the Nittany Lions's annual football banquet. He finished the season with 46 tackles, 5 pass break-ups, and an interception. [2]

The 2007 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

The 2008 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Big Ten Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States, based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Despite its name, the conference consists of 14 members. They compete in the NCAA Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land grant schools and a private university.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism from Penn State in 2008.

A Bachelor of Science is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years, or a person holding such a degree.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "#11: Tony Davis". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  2. "Trio of Nittany Lions Sign NFL Contracts". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2009-04-28.