Corson Davis

A Rock For Sprague

It took one try for Corson Davis to become an advocate for acupuncture.

Sprague High School's senior starting fullback and linebacker injured his left ankle in Sprague's season-opening win against West Albany.

He continued practicing and playing on it through Sprague's wins against McKay and McMinnville, but was hurting so bad he sat out the week of practice before last Friday's win against Forest Grove.

"My mom texted me one day saying, you want to go get acupuncture? And I said, will it help? And she said it helped me," Davis said. "I went and got it on Thursday and it immediately felt better, didn't practice all week last week, then played in the game. Felt great, feels great.

"I'm going again tomorrow to get it again. It helps a ton."

Davis' desire to get and stay on the field for tonight's Greater Valley Conference showdown against West Salem show the tough-minded yet smart approach he has for the game.

The 5-foot-10, 185 pound senor is the kind of high school football player coaches love: A selfless, smart kid with a thirst of knowledge for the game and desire to play the game the best he can.

It's not going to show up big on stat sheets, though.

"Actually in special teams, he's kind of one of the rocks of our special teams," third-year Sprague coach Jay Minyard said. "He's our starter at fullback, he's our starting inside backer, kind of the quarterback of our defense. Hs's been pretty good for us.

"He might not do anything flashy. He's a blue collar guy. He's kind of a throwback. He really is one of the hardest workers and one of the smartest kids we have on the field. Actually he could play quarterback for us, like in an oh, crap situation. I would have no problems putting him in."

Davis was a quarterback through his junior year at Sprague when he moved to fullback, and started at that position the last three games of the season.

In Sprague's run-heavy offense the fullback has to be the steadiest player on the field because he's going to get a lot of work.

Davis has the most receptions on the team this year with seven catches for 52 yards.

"It's got to be the blue collar guy, it's got to be the tough guy of the group because he has got to be able to block like a guard, and you hope catch like a receiver," Minyard said.

"I think our fullback's our leading receiver, which is not that odd for me. We've had that happen quite a bit in the past with our play-action game, they're usually the first guy we throw it to."

Senior running back Matt Kleinman has rushed for 513 yards and eight touchdowns on 59 carries while junior running back Anthony Nunn has 403 yards and six touchdowns on 60 carries.

It's unusual for a Minyard-coached team to not have a featured running back, but it's been working well as the team averages 8.2 yards per carry.

Davis discusses the running back-by-committee approach like a coach would.

"I think they complement each other really, really well," said Davis, who has five carries for 24 yards. "Anthony Nunn is a big back. He's 190, 195 pounds and he squats over 400 pounds and benches close to 300. He's just a big, powerful, fast kid. People don't know this, but he should be a sophomore. He just turned 16 late July. He's really a downhill runner, really powerful. He's going to run you over if you don't get out of his way.

"Matt's a lot more shifty. He's hard to get your hands on. He's a 175-pound guy. I think they complement each other well. It's definitely different, but if one of them went down the other one could step in and definitely take 30 carries instead of 15. We're really lucky. I think it helps us. We're lucky."

Davis' father Brett is a Sprague graduate who played in college at Willamette and has coached football at nearly every level in the area for over a decade and currently coaches Pop Warner football in the Sprague area.

"He actually applied for the Sprague job and he was a finalist with coach Minyard, and I'm kind of glad he didn't get the job," Corson Davis said. "I would be kind of stressed being the coaches kid. He's right over there. He's the bald guy over there coaching them.

"Most seniors grew up playing on my dad's teams so it's an easy transition to coach Minyard with the same philosophies and stuff."

Davis isn't just a thinker, though.

One of Sprague's top wrestlers, he placed third in the regional wrestling tournament at 170 pounds as a junior and was one match away from placing at the 6A state meet.

As a starting linebacker, he's the one who relays the plays to the rest of the defense then hits like a truck.

"On defense he can line up our defensive linemen, he can line up our inside and outside backers," Minyard said. "He understands the coverage. On offense he really knows what everybody's doing. It's an interesting deal.

"That's part of his dad's been coaching for a long time so it's kind of a coaches kid kind of thing where he's been around it long enough to understand the whole game and not just his position."

Original Article by Bill Poehler, Statesman Journal (10-2-14)


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