From the day he arrived on campus, senior Johnny Davidson was determined to play a significant role in helping his team.
Despite his desire to be the Bears’ starting quarterback, Davidson did whatever he could to contribute wherever he could, even if that meant becoming the team’s main punter. “When he came to campus, it was apparent that he was a competitor and we did not have a punter, so we basically had open tryouts for punting,” said head coach Larry Kindbom.
In his one-year stint as the fourth-string quarterback, he went on and “became one of the top punters in the country,” Kindbom recalled last week.
Davidson’s success boils down to “his competitiveness and how much he really does love football,” senior wide receiver Mitchel Groen said when asked about Davidson’s origin as the team’s punter. That first year, Davidson punted for nearly 2,000 yards, averaging 41.1 yards per punt and sinking 18 inside the 20-yard line.