April 13, 2007

Davis hopes to go 'Hollywood' at safety

MORGANTOWN--During a recent practice, Dave Kerns took one look at the hosiery tied around the biceps of West Virginia free safety Greg Davis and shook his head. "You always have to be different, Greg," the Mountaineers' head athletic trainer said as the man more commonly referred to simply as "Hollywood" broke into a large grin.

Kerns' attempt at an admonishment had quite the opposite effect on Davis, a redshirt freshman who embraces any opportunity to stand out. As a track star at Blue Ridge (Va.) School, Davis earned his flashy sobriquet while emerging from the locker room to warm up for an important track meet.

"Me and my boys walked out with some sunglasses on and a bunch of thick chains, and we started dancing around before we ran," said Davis, who excelled in the 200-meter dash, triple jump, and long jump events. "Everyone around was like, 'You Hollywood, man!' Reporters started asking me about the nickname, and it just stuck."

Relegated to Kerns' training room after suffering a severe hamstring pull that derailed his first season at WVU, Davis will receive plenty of chances to stand out on the field this fall.

Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez has made it clear that no starting job is safe in the secondary, a unit that was very forgiving on opposing offenses in 2006.

Swapping positions are senior stalwart Eric Wicks and sophomore Quinton Andrews, who will now line up at free safety and Spur, respectively.

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