TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Playing behind Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, former four star quarterback Matt Davis decided to leave College Station for 'Johnny Football's' hometown.
At Tyler Junior College spring practice, Davis is the new leader in the Apaches huddle. He won't be satisfied though until he's back playing with a big time division one program.
"Matt Davis can make a lot of plays," Head Coach Danny Palmer said. "He is a good athlete, good quarterback, and real smart."
That describes Tyler's starting signal caller heading into 2014. After playing in just seven games last season for the Apaches, it is now the Matt Davis show.
"I think I just need to continue to do the same thing," Davis said. "I'm really just trying to be around these guys and focusing on being the team leader and progressing as a team." Wide receiver Melvinson Hartfield added, "He just makes sure that all of us are on the same page. If it's wrong, he will correct us."
Davis transferred to TJC last August from Texas A&M. With his dad being a John Tyler graduate, the Houston native is happy to be in East Texas. "Just being back where my papaw was, my aunties, uncles and my dad is good," Davis said. "Everything may not be how I want it or when I want it, but I know God is working things out in my favor."
Being a part of a division one program again is the goal. But right now, Davis is trying to make TJC into a national title contender. "His talk and aggressiveness against the defense makes us so competitive," strong safety Treavor Knight said. "With him being on the other side of the ball it just makes us that much better on defense."
Now the future of the former Aggie as an Apache is still unclear. If offered by a big time program, Davis could leave in May, but his plan is to start for TJC in the fall. "I'm a TJC football player so I am focused on being here and everything else is put to the side," Davis said. Coach Palmer added," He's here, now if some big division one school comes along and wants him then that's what he came here for. But we hope he's here and we are planning on him being here."
That's because with Davis at the helm, the Apaches offense would be fun to watch.